Under a Fiver: 2005 Domaine de la Meynarde Plan de Dieu, Côtes du Rhône, £5.49, reduced to £4.39, M&S

No shortage of bang for buck in this spicy Côtes du Rhône blend that's based on grenache: a classic winter warmer.

Under a Tenner: 2004 Chateau Segonzac Oak Aged Bordeaux, Premières Côtes de Blaye, £7.99, Waitrose

I wouldn't normally recommend claret under £10, but this blend of merlot and cabernet sauvignon is definitely worth a shot.

Splash Out: 2004 Saint-Véran, Terroirs de Davayé, Verget, £13.99, Oddbins

This sleek white burgundy from the Belgian eccentric, Jean- Marie Guffens, has peach and pineapple chardonnay fruitiness framed by stylish oak and a refreshing tang.