Under £6

2010 Vin de Pays du Gers

This appetising dry white from the reliable Plaimont Co-operative stable in France's south-west boasts deliciously refreshing zingy fruit flavours and a lively Granny Smith appley bite on the aftertaste. £4.29, Marks & Spencer

Under £10

2009 Altos Los Hormigas Malbec, Luján de Cuyo

From Tuscany'sAlberto Antonini and friends in Mendoza, this excellent-value malbec shows a violety bouquet with smooth blackberry fruitiness. £8.99, Whole Foods; Highbury Vintners (020-7226 1347)

Splash out

2008 Kennedy Point Syrah, Waiheke Island

From the beautiful Waiheke Island just across from Auckland, this is a new-generation Kiwi syrah displaying cracked pepper aromas and an intensely spicy quality worthy of a top Northern Rhône red. £27.95, Jeroboams shops