Under £5

2007 Domaine Bégude Chardonnay, Le Bel Ange, Vin de Pays d'Oc

This is a well-crafted chardonnay whose pineappley freshness and juicy acidity make it a dry white for festive parties. £6.99, buy 2 = £4.99, Xmas Special, until 5 January, Majestic Wine Warehouses

Under £10

2006 Domaine du Joncier, Le Classique, Lirac

A classic Rhône blend of grenache with syrah, mourvèdre, cinsault and carignan, this vibrant red is more than a cut above your common-or-garden Côtes-du-Rhône. Waitrose, reduced to £7.19 until Tuesday

Splash out

2002 Trimbach Riesling Cuvée Frédéric Émile

One of the world's greatest dry rieslings – worth every penny of the asking price for its refreshingly zingy palate of limes and tropical citrus fruits; the dry minerality brings extra gloss. £26.99, Tesco Fine Wine