Under £5

2007 Tesco Finest Nero D’Avola

From Cantine Settesoli comes this vivid interpretation of Sicily’s signature red grape variety, the nero d’avola, whose damsony bite makes it an ideal pasta basher. A bargain at £4.49, down from £5.99, Tesco, until Tuesday

Under £10

2007 Cuvée Balthazar Syrah, Vin de Pays d’Oc

Pierrick Harang’s aromatic syrah has spicy undertones, with a touch of the northern Rhône’s pepper and juicy blackberry quality, that adds up to southern French fruit at its sumptuous best. |£9.99, Waitrose

Splash out

2006 Pulenta Gran Corte VII, Mendoza

Mulberry and cherry fruit flavours and juicy fresh acidity make this blend from Mendoza spicy, approachable and typically Argentinian in style, yet surprisingly elegantly balanced. £19.95, Berry Bros & Rudd, bbr.com