2003 Domaine de la Perriÿre; 2002 Knappstein Hand-Picked Riesling; 2000 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Under a fiver: 2003 Domaine de la Perrière, Corbières, Mont Tauch, £3.99, Waitrose

Under a fiver: 2003 Domaine de la Perrière, Corbières, Mont Tauch, £3.99, Waitrose

This is a super-exuberant example of a southern French blend of traditional grape varieties grown in the garrigue-rich Mediterranean hinterland of mountainous Fitou, a gluggy, juicy red brimming with rosemary herbs.

Under a tenner: 2002 Knappstein Hand-Picked Riesling, Clare Valley, £6.99, or buy 2 = £5.99, Majestic

Brilliant value, refreshingly scented riesling from the Knappstein operation in South Australia's Clare Valley. Its tell-tale keroseney notes are tempered by a citrus-zestiness - great with Asian food.

Splash out: 2000 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Paul Autard, £20.49 bottle / case, Bibendum Fine Wine, London NW1 (020-7449 4120)

A classic southern Rhône which is modern and vibrantly fruity in style with plenty of aromatic spice and fruity concentration. A fine winter warmer for game.

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