Under £5

2008 Cuvée Pêcheur Vin de Pays du Comté Tolosan

Consistently one of Waitrose's best wines under £4, this blend of Ugni Blanc and Colombard from France's south-west is crisp and lively with a refreshingly dry finish. £3.99, Waitrose

Under £10

2006 Château de la Garde

Claret at under a tenner is not easy to find, but this bright Merlot-based blend from the Right Bank made by David Morrison, juicy and approachable, is one of the few exceptions that proves the rule. £9.49, Sainsbury's

Splash out

2008 Pieropan Soave

This is appetising "true" Soave from Nino Pieropan, perfumed, fruity and honeyed with a long, satisfyingly crisp aftertaste. £10.75-£11.75, Lea & Sandeman (020-7244 0522), Bennetts Fine Wines (01386 840392), Valvona & Crolla (01315 566066)