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White 1999 Maglieri McLaren Vale Semillon, £5.99, Asda

White 1999 Maglieri McLaren Vale Semillon, £5.99, Asda

Known inauspiciously as the "House of Lambrusco" in south Australia for its Italian styles, Maglieri produces a range of good value varietal wines, among which this dry white semillon is faintly smoky with a refreshing prickle on the tongue backed by a lemon sorbet-like tang. Try it with a lemon-grass and coriander-based Thai curry.

Red 1998 Viña Montana Monastrell Merlot, Yecla, £4.99, Tesco

You can see the logic in blending the monastrell grape, France's mourvÿdre, which can be tough in its youth, with the softer merlot. Leave it to breathe for an hour to show off the sweet vanilla spice aromas, and let a dish like rosemary-scented, char-grilled lamb cutlets help bring out the berry fruit flavour and ease the wine's muscular grip.

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