2003 Inti Pinot Grigio; 2002 Château des Erles Cuvée des Ardoises; 2001 Spier Private Collection Merlot

Under a fiver: 2003 Inti Pinot Grigio, £4.99, Thresher, Wine Rack

In its tall, expensive-looking bottle, this exuberant Argentinian pinot grigio from La Riojana co-operative in Argentina's La Rioja region is sprightly, fresh and spicy with the delightful character of fresh pears.

Under a tenner: 2002 Château des Erles Cuvée des Ardoises, Fitou, £7.50-£8, Roberson (020-7271 2121) and Berry Bros & Rudd (0870 900 4300)

Behind the powerful white-pepper aromas and deliciously pure, raspberryish fruit of this sumptuous Languedoc blend, silky smooth tannins glide effortlessly across the palate.

Splash out: 2001 Spier Private Collection Merlot, £10.96, Asda (40 stores)

One of the hits of the new-look Asda range. This deliciously opulent, richly concentrated Cape Bordeaux-style red has enough class to suggest a superior Saint-Emilion in everything but the price. A cracking Sunday-lunch red.