<preform>2002 Sainsbury's Reserve Selection Corbi&Atilde;&iquest;res; 2003 Shaw & Smith Sauvignon Blanc; 2001 Paul Cluver Elgin Pinot Noir</preform>

Under a fiver: 2002 Sainsbury's Reserve Selection Corbières, £3.99 until Tuesday, Sainsbury's

Under a fiver: 2002 Sainsbury's Reserve Selection Corbières, £3.99 until Tuesday, Sainsbury's

This distinctively Mediterranean red from the Languedoc has a seductively smoky aroma of spice and cherries, packing in plenty of syrah-based, blackberryish flavours, with juicy, supple tannins and fresh acidity, making it good with spaghetti and gnocchi.

Under a tenner: 2003 Shaw & Smith Sauvignon Blanc £9.99, Waitrose

A fine example of the new breed of sauvignon coming from cooler Aussie regions like the Adelaide Hills. This screwcapped, dry white delivers an almost lychee-like richness. Its zesty freshness and gooseberry concentration will suit prawn or chicken laksa.

Splash out: 2001 Paul Cluver Elgin Pinot Noir, £10.50-£11.50, Eldridge Pope, Dorset (01305 258276), Booths, Stockport (0161 432 4260)

Elegantly scented Cape pinor noir. Seductive cherry and raspberry fruit, with a touch of cinnamon spice and firm backbone make it a perfect match for duck and game dishes.

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