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2004 Argento Pinot Grigio; 2004 Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc; 2001 Bandol Classique
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Under a fiver: 2004 Argento Pinot Grigio, £4.99, Majestic

Under a fiver: 2004 Argento Pinot Grigio, £4.99, Majestic

Italy's pinot grigio is often maligned as the emperor with no designer label, but this Argentinian version appeals because it combines ripe apple and pear-like fruitiness with PG's characteristic refreshing tang. You'd almost believe it was Italian.

Under a tenner: 2004 Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc, £7.99, Sainsbury's

Assertive elderflower and nettley aromas of this new-season sauvignon blanc from New Zealand's Marlborough are complemented by undertones of zingily refreshing and zesty grapefruity characters in a stylish Sancerre-meets-New Zealand dry white.

Splash out: 2001 Bandol Classique, Domaine Tempier, £16.95, or £15.57 per bottle in a case, Lea & Sandeman, London SW10 (020-7244 0522)

A blend of mainly mourvèdre with complementary southern French varieties to make a vivid, powerful, Mediterranean red. A stunner.

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