Under £5

2003 Viña Decana Reserva, Utiel-Requena

A blend of Spain's tempranillo with a smattering of French varieties, this is a mellow, cherryish red from Spain's south with some of the vanilla undertones of rioja at an affordable price. £4.99, Aldi

Under £10

2008 Ebenezer & Seppeltsfield Shiraz, Barossa Valley

From St Hallett of Old Block Shiraz reputation, this chip off the old block punches above its weight with coconut oak aromas and blackberry fruit, underscored by a beguiling smokiness. £9.99, Marks & Spencer

Splash out

2007 Château Ste Michelle Cold Creek Chardonnay

This chardonnay could be mistaken for Meursault with its less-derived nuttiness and opulent fruit flavours. £19.99, Wholefoods, Kensington; Berkmann Wine Cellars (020-7609 4711)