Under £5

2007 Domaine La Croix Martelle Vin de Pays d'Oc

Your guests will be pleasantly surprised by the aromatic ripe blackberry fruitiness that gives this organic blend of grenache, syrah and mourvèdre its juicy, moreish quality.

£4.99, Waitrose

Under £10

2007 Lirac, Cave de Saint Desirat

This excellent value red is a vivid southern Rhône blend of grenache with syrah, mourvèdre and cinsault; and it has the powerful effect of a wine with not inconsiderable (14.5 per cent) weight.

£7.99, buy 2 = £5.99, Majestic

Splash out

2006 Chablis Domaine Pierre de Préhey, Domaine Brocard

Aromas of toasty chardonnay lead to a full-flavoured dry white flecked with honey, yet retaining the subtle complexity of the authentic minerally chablis style.

£10.99, M&S