Under £5

Asda Extra Special Merlot, Domaines Paul Mas, Vin de Pays d'Oc

Pure southern French merlot, this barbecue-friendly red from Jean-Claude Mas shows bright cherryish fruit subtly rounded out with partial ageing in oak.

£4.86, down from £6.07, today only, Asda

Under £10

2008 D'Arenberg the Hermit Crab Viognier Marsanne

From McLaren Vale's eccentric Chester Osborn, this Aussie take on two of the best white Rhône varieties is rich in peachy flavours.

£6.74, until 30 June, normally £8.99, Waitrose

Splash out

2007 Schug Carneros Chardonnay

This California white hadn't clicked with me until this vintage, but all of a sudden the balance is just so; a burgundian-style chardonnay with a richness of flavour, fine acidity and a nutty oak veneer. £16, Marks & Spencer