After the undeniably delightful debauchery of Freshers’ Week, the Week Three grim can hit even the hardiest of freshers. The undeniable appeal of the hedonistic student lifestyle has faded and we are once again facing the possibility of demanding essay deadlines, irritating housemates and seminar tutors obsessed with the Socratic method. Still, these first few weeks back are an unfortunate, if necessary, ‘transition period.’

The reasonably sophisticated indulgences of summer are now officially over. Baked beans and liver failure (a.k.a. dinner parties with the housemates, sexual freedom and the general enjoyment of one’s youth) require a slight readjustment before they again become bona fide. However, it is not all doom and gloom because you now find yourself immersed in a culture where it’s acceptable to binge more than once a week. Brilliant.

Whether you use these social outings for meeting those all-important new flatmates you’ll spend the remaining eighty-eight weeks of York trying to get rid of, oiling your re-bonding with housemates you’ve (accidentally) estranged yourself from over the summer, or perhaps even embracing some sort of depraved university joie de vivre, the following should stand you in good stead. And remember, sip it fresher.

2009 Bellingham ‘The Bernard Series’ Old Vine Chenin Blanc, Western Cape (13%; £7.99 each for two, Majestic)
Tropical fruits, vanilla and oak spice. Special stuff – take advantage of the offer.

2005 Rioja Reserva Berberana (13%; £5.99 each for two, Majestic)
Good value Rioja with strawberry and vanilla.

2009 Alamos Cabernet Sauvignon, Catena (14%; £5.99 each for two, Majestic)
Plum and black fruits. Smooth and easy drinking.

2007 Locorosso Carmignano, Pratesi (13.5%; £11.99 each for two, Majestic)
70% Sangiovese, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot. Rich, dark wine with black fruits and cinnamon.

2008 Craggy Range Te Muna Road Pinot Noir, Martinborough, New Zealand (13.5%; £16.14 each, Waitrose Wine)
Ripe silky fruit and a fresh, spicy finish.

2009 Porcupine Ridge Sauvignon Blanc, South Africa (12.8%; £7.49 each, Oddbins)
Crisp and refreshing, aromas of gooseberries and citrus fruits.

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