Under £5

2009 Asda Beaujolais

It was hard for Beaujolais to put a foot wrong in 2009, so rather than risk a watery 2010 nouveau, go for a delicious 2009 with its vibrantly cherryish aromas and the gluggy juiciness of a good gamay. £4.47, Asda

Under £10

2009 Palataia Pinot Noir, Rheinpfalz

German pinot noir is one of this year's surprise packages; in the hands of Matthias Gaul & ex-M&S winemaker Gerd Stepp, this example displays a strawberry fragrance with silky fruit flavours. £8.49, Marks & Spencer

Splash out

2008 Chablis Premier Cru, Mont de Milieu, Domaine Sainte Céline

Invitingly intense in aroma, this classy white burgundy from Brocard is flecked with crème fraîche and honey, but make no mistake, it finishes bone dry with a mineral tang. £16.99, Sainsbury's