Under a fiver: 2003 Casillero del Diablo Viognier £4.99, Safeway, Oddbins
Be warned: the 'Devil's Cellar' dry white has bite. That's from the ripe and full-bodied dry Chilean fruitiness with some of the opulent peachiness of the viognier grape - and there's enough acidity to see it through.
Under a tenner: 2001 Château Bouisset La Clape, Cuvée Eugénie, Coteaux du Languedoc £5.99, Safeway
Punching above its weight, this southern French blend of syrah, carignan and grenache has a smoky, aromatic quality and a chunky, crowd-pleasing palate of impressive richness. A versatile red for parties.
Splash out: 2002 Chablis 1er cru Vaillons, William Fèvre £16.99, Sainsbury's (selected stores)
One of the stars of the newly released 2002 white burgundies. Mouthwatering stony aromas are followed by a minerally intensity while a sharp streak of acidity leaves a long, bone-dry aftertaste.