Under £5

2009 Vin de Pays de l'Ardèche Gamay

A vivid summery red with the sort of sweet pepper and berry aromas and quaffable cherryish fruit that's made to make the mouth water whenever there's an excuse for a summer party or picnic. £3.99, Marks & Spencer

Under £10

2009 Jerusalem Ormoz Pinot Grigio

Not just any pinot grigio – a refreshingly crisp Slovenian example of the variety, whose cleansing spritz and apple and pear flavours are close to Italy's Friuli, the home of true pinot grigio. £6.99, down from £9.99, Waitrose

Splash out

2007 Crozes Hermitage Domaines Les Lises Maxime Graillot

The northern Rhône's syrah at its smoky, tarry best, with a perfume that carries through to a spicy, blackberry succulence enlivened by savoury acidity. £15.95, Berry Bros & Rudd (0800 280 2440)