Under £6

2010 Le Monferrine Barbera, Piemonte

With its sweet aroma of cherries, this gluggy north-west Italian red shows just the kind of robust grip of tannins and Italianate freshness to make it an affordable pasta basher and BBQ-friendly rosso. £5.98, Asda, 3 for £10

Under £10

2010 Sainsbury's Taste the Difference Languedoc White

A southern French fruit-salad blend of grenache, marsanne, viognier and vermentino, this dry white from Jean-Claude Mas punches well above its weight. £7.99, Sainsbury's

Splash out

2009 Marsannay Blanc, Louis Jadot

This is classy Côte de Nuits white burgundy, a smidgen of nutty oak and lees-derived character bringing complexity to a full-flavoured fruit quality and a creamy texture. £17.99, buy 2 = £15.99, Majestic