Under £5

2008 Les Crouzes, Vieilles Vignes Carignan

Made from old vines of the south of France's carignan grape, this is a vibrant scented red with juicy blackberry fruitiness. £3.99, down from £4.99, until 19 January, larger Co-operative and Somerfield stores

Under £10

2008 Whirlpool Reach Pinot Noir, Tasmania

From Tasmania pioneer Andrew Pirie, this raspberry-fragrant pinot noir from Tamar Ridge has a silky texture and berry fruit akin to a good red Burgundy-like Savigny-lès-Beaune. £9.99, or £7.99 by the case, Oddbins

Splash out

2005 Barbaresco Cru Montestefano, Rivella Serafino, Piedmont

With its seductive perfume, this is classic nebbiolo, full of sour cherry and rose-petal flavours, and tightly bound in a muscular structure of fine tannins and savoury acidity. £36, Berry Bros & Rudd