2004 Anakena Chardonnay; 2002 Chianti Classico Villa Cafaggio; 1998 Dominio de Conte Reserva

Under a fiver

Under a fiver

2004 Anakena Chardonnay, £4.96, Asda

The tropical, rich and oaky aromas on this Casablanca Valley chardonnay certainly bode well. Take a sip and the refreshing spritz on the palate leads to attractively flavoured fruit which is clean, crisp and pineappley in mini-chablis mould.

Under a tenner

2002 Chianti Classico Villa Cafaggio, £9.99, Marks & Spencer

From the heart of the chianti classico region, this is a vivid example of the sangiovese grape, bolstered seemingly by cabernet sauvignon to complement the sour cherry fruitiness of a refreshing, well-crafted Tuscan rosso.

Splash out

1998 Dominio de Conte Reserva, Bodegas Bretón, £12.99, Waitrose

A reserva rioja with mature, leathery aromas and cranberry and strawberry sweetness. The concentrated richness of the blend of tempranillo and graciano aged in oak for the rounded feeling of a plush leather armchair.