Under £5

2008 Piccini Chianti, 50cl

Better than the stuff in the bulbous wicker chianti flask, the cute, pint-sized piccolo Piccini is just the ticket for two people wanting a smooth, cherryish rosso to wash pasta down with. £3.99, on offer at 3 for £10, Tesco

Under £10

2008 Kaituna Hills Reserve Chardonnay, Marlborough

This fine, toastily aromatic chardonnay with its rich, peachy burgundian-style flavours and pineappley freshness, shows how good New Zealand's chardonnay can be. £9.99, Marks & Spencer

Splash out

2007 Bannockburn Sluicings Vineyard Pinot Noir, Craggy Range

This is a voluptuous pinot noir from the Central Otago region, its strawberry and cherry-like fruitiness tinged with herb and spice to magical effect. £15.99, buy 2 = £12.79, Majestic