2003 Danie de Wet Unoaked Chardonnay; 2000 Château de Lascaux Les Nobles Pierres, Coteaux du Languedoc; 2002 The Chocolate Block

Under a fiver: 2003 Danie de Wet Unoaked Chardonnay, £3.96, Tesco, Asda

Danie de Wet in the Cape's Robertson Valley has become a specialist at crafting thirst-quenching, value for money, unoaked chardonnay. This new season's dry white with its zingy, lemony acidity carries on the tradition. Catch it at under £4 in Tesco and Asda before the price goes up to match most of the rest of the high street.

Under a tenner: 2000 Château de Lascaux Les Nobles Pierres, Coteaux du Languedoc, £7.85, Berry Bros & Rudd, London SW1 (0870 900 4300; orders@bbr.com)

One of the highlights of Berry Bros & Rudd's sale. There's a tarry, blackberry touch of the northern Rhône about this smooth French red thanks to the 90 per cent syrah in the blend (plus 10 per cent grenache). Try with sausage, lamb chops or chorizo.

Splash out: 2002 The Chocolate Block, Boekenhoutskloof Estate, Franschhoek, £14.99, Oddbins

The pun behind this South African red from Marc Kent plays both on the eye and palate. Behind the chocolate bar label is a wonderful black- cherryish Cape blend of shiraz, grenache, cabernet, cinsaut and viognier, aptly named for its chocolatey fruit sweetness. A red for beef casserole or juicy steak and kidney pud.