Something For The Weekend?

2004 Classic Selection Muscadet de Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie; 2004 Tesco Finest Marlborough; 2003 d'Arenberg Laughing Magpie Shiraz/Viognier, McLaren Vale Pinot Noir

After the torrid summer of 2003 that made the grape wilt on the vine, this is a perfect example of the crisp, refreshing, dry Atlantic white from the western Loire Valley, with mouthwatering, pear-like zing.

Under a Tenner: 2004 Tesco Finest Marlborough Pinot Noir £7.49, down from £9.99, Tesco Wine Festival

You have until Tuesday to snap up this juicy pinot noir, with raspberry scents in a crafted framework of delicately spiced oak and cherry, screwcapped for extra freshness.

Splash Out: 2003 d'Arenberg Laughing Magpie Shiraz/Viognier, McLaren Vale £11.99, Oddbins

As an Aussie version of Côte Rôtie, what this classic Rhône-style blend of shiraz and viognier lacks in subtlety it makes up for with plenty of smoky oak, liquorice spice and blackberry fruit with chocolatey richness.

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