Under £5

2003 Ramón Lopez Murillo Rioja Reserva

Made from pure tempranillo in the heart of the Rioja Alavesa, this is typical, traditional reserva, the ageing in mall oak barrels bringing smoky vanilla undertones to the fruit qualities. £4.99, Aldi

Under £10

2007 Via Collina, Dolcetto di Diano d'Alba

This is a pure unoaked dolcetto from the hills of the Langhe area of Italy's north-western region of Piemonte, whose mulberry fruity quality is just the foil for pasta and grills. £5.49, down from £6.99, Waitrose

Splash out

2007 Sancerre La Moussière, Alphonse Mellot

This sauvignon blanc from the Loire's upper Sancerre has a flinty, elderfloral bouquet, with that Granny Smith snap that characterises the best dry whites of this appellation. £14.99, Sainsbury's