2007 Côtes du Rhône Villages Saint Maurice

Made from a blend of four-fifths grenache and one-fifth syrah, this is a typically vivid, modern style of Côtes du Rhône in which succulent berry fruit flavours mingle with plummy acidity.

£4.99, M&S, down from £5.99, until 2 November

2006 Douro Reserva, Quinta de la Rosa

A vivid modern blend of the port grape varieties, Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca and Tinta Roriz, with pristine, rich-mulberry succulence defined by subtle rounding oak. A terrific winter warmer.

£9.99, Waitrose

2006 Ch St Ferréol, Vin de Pays d'Oc

Outside its heartland of Condrieu, I haven't come across a viognier as rich in dried apricot fruitiness and with such finely balanced acidity as this example from near Montpellier.

£11.95 / £10.75 case, Berry Bros & Rudd