Night in

2013 Caruso & Minini Perricone

Not just a stylish label but a hugely characterful Sicilian red with an intensely flavoured dried-herb-and-cherries flavour. Fresh and spicy. £8, Marks & Spencer

Dinner party

2013 Escarpment The Edge Pinot Noir

From legendary Larry McKenna, this is a delightfully perfumed and fragrant Kiwi pinot from Martinborough, showing spicy, raspberry flavours. £11.24, down from £14.99, Waitrose

Splash out

2012 Riecine Chianti Classico

This Tuscan blend opens out into an opulent, sweet-and-sour sangiovese. Particularly nice weight and concentration. £16-16.95, Goedhuis, Tanners, Fine & Rare