Under £5

2007 Moncaro Verdiccio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico

This mouthwatering dry Italian from the Marche on the Adriatic is delectably juicy and peachy with a refreshing citrusy acidity that makes it a perfect sipping dry white.

£4.69, Waitrose

Under £10

2006 Château Soussans

Once again Aldi shows that it can match the big boys for value with this appealing, vivid, modern young claret from Margaux, whose cedary scents and blackberry fruit make this Christmas special unbeatable at the price.

£6.99, Aldi

Splash out

2008 Blind River Pinot Noir

A beautifully crafted Kiwi pinot noir from Marlborough rich in scented clove spice and loganberry on the nose, with a beguiling sweet palate whose liquid mulberry fruitiness is satin-silk in texture.

£17.99, Oddbins