2002 Villa Bianchi; 2000 Laurus; 2000 Coma Vella Mas d'en Gil

Under a fiver: 2002 Villa Bianchi, Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi, £3.99, Sainsbury's

Under a fiver: 2002 Villa Bianchi, Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi, £3.99, Sainsbury's

Reduced from £5.99 for the duration of the Sainsbury's wine festival this month, this is a characterful Italian dry white from the Marche region with ample richness flecked by honeyed fruitiness and enough fresh acidity and bite for party finger food.

Under a tenner: 2000 Laurus, La Fiorita, Toscana IGT, £9.99, Unwins

If you're a chianti fan, you should enjoy this chip off the brunello di montalcino block from La Fiorita. A Tuscan sangiovese with rich cherry fruitiness and polished oak ending on an appetisingly dry note. Perfect with a shoulder of lamb or barbecued ribs.

Splash out: 2000 Coma Vella Mas d'en Gil, Priorat, £15.99, Waitrose

With its blood red, liquid mulberry juiciness and gentle nudge of oak spice, this seriously impressive Spanish blend of garnacha and cariñena from Priorat delivers flavour, richness and character in spades. A modern classic for the Sunday joint.

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