Under £5

2007 Murets de Gouts, Côtes du Marmandais

A blend of Bordeaux varieties with the local abouriou grape, this is a good, everyday claret-like southern red with a softly juicy, herbal red-berry fruitiness and a savoury aftertaste.

£5.99, buy 2 = £4.99, Majestic

Under £10

2007 Perez Burton, Rioja Alavesa

From Spanish winemaker Telmo Rodriguez, this is a modern tempranillo red full of bright, juicy cherry fruitiness, lightly tinged with vanilla from its short period of oak maturation.

£8.99, Marks & Spencer

Splash out

2007 Crozes Hermitage, Papillon, Domaine Gilles Robin

This northern Rhône syrah's floral fragrance is the prelude to an elegantly stated red, mingling smoky paprika with spiced plum and blackberry flavours.

£14.75, Lea & Sandeman (020-7244 0522)