Under £5

2009 Moncaro Rosso Piceno Superiore, Marche

This is a youthful blend of montepulciano and sangiovese from near Ancona, a ripe rosso whose cherry flavours and vivid freshness are made to wash down pasta and pizza. £4.99, Waitrose

Under £10

2009 Palais des Anciens Côtes Du Roussillon Blanc

France's Roussillon region bordering the Pyrenees is rapidly become one of its best for value dry whites, as this refreshing blend with its soft apple and stonefruit flavours attests. £6.99, Tesco

Splash out

2005 Principesco Brunello di Montalcino

The aromatic quality and rich, concentrated cherry fruit of this stylish Tuscan red is picked out with a subtle veneer of spicy oak and typically juicy Italianate acidity. £14.99, down from £19.99, Sainsbury's selected stores