Wine: Something For The Weekend?

2004 The Boulders Pinot Grigio; 2004 Oak-Aged Bordeaux; 2003 Hewitson Old Garden Mourvèdre
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Under a Fiver: 2004 The Boulders Pinot Grigio, £3.99, down from £4.99, Co-op; £4.99, Morrisons

Floral aromas, refreshing lemony spritz and lightly honeyed, appley fruitiness make this screwcapped, unoaked California pinot grigio easy to open and drink everyday or let loose on parties.

Under a Tenner: 2004 Oak-Aged Bordeaux, Graves, £5.49, Marks & Spencer

A typical blend of the white Bordeaux grapes sémillon and sauvignon from the Graves region south of the city. This is an affordable juicy dry white whose smoky, aromatic touch of oak adds a degree of richness to the savoury fruit quality.

Splash Out: 2003 Hewitson Old Garden Mourvèdre, Barossa Valley, £16.95 bottle, £15.25 each a case, Berry Bros & Rudd (0870 900 4300; www.bbr.com)

Châteauneuf-du-Pape fans should love the spice, dark chocolate and fruit power of a Barossa Valley red made from vines planted in the mid-19th century.

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