Something for the weekend: Tesco Petit Chablis<br></br>1997 Chateau Coufran<br></br>1999 Waipara West Riesling<br></br>1999 Salice Salentino

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Tesco Petit Chablis, £6.49 Tesco

There's nothing petit about this vibrantly fresh and minerally, screw-capped dry white burgundy from La Chablisienne. Twenty per cent off French wines at the Tesco Wine Fair makes it irresistible.

1997 Château Coufran, cru bourgeois, £9.95 Berry Bros & Rudd, London SW1 (0870 9004300)

From an early-maturing vintage, this traditionalist's Haut-Médoc claret from the Miailhe family, with its unusually high proportion of merlot (85 per cent) is approachable now. Sweet aromas and mellow fruit flavours lightly tinged with capsicum make it the perfect icing on the dinner party cake.


1999 Waipara West Riesling, £7.99 – £8.99 Handford-Holland Park, London W11 (020-7221 9614), Davy's, Greenwich (020-8858 6014), Waterloo Wine Company, London SE1 (020-7403 7967), Peckham & Rye, Glasgow (0141 445 4555)

In the mould of fine Alsace riesling, this bone-dry, aromatic white from New Zealand's South Island is more than a cut above the average, showing a hint of the kerosene-like aromas that add complexity to the variety and spring-fresh lime zest characters.

Any day

1999 Salice Salentino, Terra dei Messapi, £4.99 Oddbins

Good value, glugging reds from the heel of Italy are increasingly making their mark thanks to a combination of realistic pricing and the sort of juicy, succulent, damson fruitiness to be found in this attractive Puglian example. Made for pasta with tomato, meat and spicy sauces.