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Wine: Something for the weekend


Couch potato

2010 Pizarras de Otero, Bierzo

The new Spanish wave is exciting for wines from hitherto obscure grapes such as mencia which here infuses this inky red from Bierzo with blackberryish fruit and damson-fresh bite. £8.74, buy 2 = £6.99, Majestic

Dinner party

2009 Marks & Spencer, Hunter Valley Shiraz

From Tyrrell's of Hunter Valley renown, this is Aussie shiraz in restrained mode, with its berry aromas and cherry fruitiness whose spiciness is enhanced by succulent freshness. £9.99, Marks & Spencer

Splash out

2009 Domaine Chanson Meursault

Classy meursault with fresh, leesy aromas preceding concentrated chardonnay fruit whose underlying mealy, nutty characters end in a dry aftertaste and lemony, mineral bite. £24.99, Sainsbury's