Food & Drink: Wine Box - The week's best buys

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Nero di Troia Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 pounds 3.49, Sainsbury's

Old Vines Garnacha Navarra pounds 3.99, Safeway

BEFORE Christmas I absent-mindedly cracked a bottle of Nero di Troia Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 to drink with pasta. A single sip made me realise this was a good bottle, and a look at the back label showed that it should be: the wine is made by the ubiquitous Peter Bright, an Australian whose name appears on well-made wines from all over the world. Medium weight, lively fruit, good touch of oak - exemplary wine at a low price, nothing to wow your friends, but excellent everyday drinking. As is another Bright production, Old Vines Garnacha Navarra. This succulent Spaniard has nice berry-rich fruit with a touch of spice, and it, too, is perfect wine for any old day of the week. The future is Bright.

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