Under £5

2008 Villaseta Nero d'Avola Syrah

This glugger made from a Sicilian blend of four-fifths native nero d'avola and one-fifth syrah displays damson plum juiciness softened by its stay in big oak vats, while keeping an Italianate nip of acidity.

£4.97, Asda

Under £10

2008 Domaine Combes, Saint Chinian

A mix of syrah and old vine grenache from one of the Languedoc's best appellations, fresh, peppery-scented aromas lead into a soft and juicy mouthful of raspberryish fruitiness.

£5.24, down from £6.99 until 3 Nov, Waitrose

Splash out

2008 Groot Constantia Sauvignon Blanc, Constantia, S Africa

Mouthwateringly zingy, Atlantic-cooled Cape sauvignon blanc with herbal undertones and green pepper and gooseberry flavours that ape Sancerre.

£10.99 (or £8.79 each if you buy 2 bottles), Majestic