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2002 Chardonnay Vin de Pays des Coteaux de Tannay; 2001 Nivuro, Feudo di Santa Tresa; 2002 The Gum Shiraz
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Under a fiver: 2002 Chardonnay Vin de Pays des Coteaux de Tannay, Jean-Marc Brocard, £4.99, down from £5.99 until 30 January, Waitrose

Under a fiver: 2002 Chardonnay Vin de Pays des Coteaux de Tannay, Jean-Marc Brocard, £4.99, down from £5.99 until 30 January, Waitrose

It's well worth making this crisply refreshing and lightly smoky unoaked chardonnay with its citrusy tang (from Jean-Marc Brocard, the wizard of Chablis) your everyday dry white.

Under a tenner: 2001 Nivuro, Feudo di Santa Tresa, £8.99, Oddbins

A lovely drop of Sicilian rosso, this seamless blend of the local nero d'avola grape with cabernet sauvignon combines smooth damson-plum flavours and natural acidity with the sleek tones of cabernet in an utterly irresistible, wholly gluggable blend.

Splash out: 2002 The Gum Shiraz, £12.99, Marks & Spencer

Many bottles of Aussie shiraz are lined up, but few are chosen on the retailer's tasting bench. This Adelaide Hills shiraz has the northern-Rhône-like pepper and spice, with a classy combo of opulent fruit and elegant poise.

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