Under £5

M&S Vino da Tavola

Representing the affordable face of Italian rosso, this 2008 blend of merlot, nero d'avola, sangiovese and syrah displays the sort of bright cherryish fruit to light up barbies and parties equally well. £3.99 at Marks & Spencer

Under £10

2007 Sacravite Aglianico, D'Angelo

Not as well-known as it deserves to be, aglianico is southern mainland Italy's best red grape, and this rich, dark cherryish example, with its spicy oak and succulent textured fruit, is a fine example. £9.99, buy 2 = £7.99, Majestic

Splash out

2008 Domaine Vacheron Sancerre

Quality sauvignon blanc from the Vacheron family in Sancerre, this intensely aromatic Loire Valley dry white has undertones of grapefruity freshness and a suggestion of flinty minerality. £16.99, Waitrose