Under £5

2008 Inycon Growers' Selection Nero d'Avola/Frappato

Bright and juicy, this well-crafted blend of two of Sicily's more interesting grape varieties is a must at its special December offer price. £4.49, down from £5.99, to 5 January, Waitrose

Under £10

2008 Negroamaro, Vini Del Sole, Puglia

This vivid, unoaked negroamaro from Feudi di San Marzano in the heel of Italy displays the sort of spicy dark plum and blackberry fruit that makes it an ideal partner for hearty stews and inexpensive Italian classics. £7.99, Oddbins

Splash out

2005 Pavillon de Poyferré, St Julien

This cabernet-based second label from St Julien classed growth Château Léoville-Poyferré has the pedigree of smoky oak fragrance, succulent black fruit and textured tannins. £19.99, Majestic