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Under £6

2009 Côtes du Rhône 'Les Vignes Rousses', Jean-Luc Colombo

Vivid and peppery, this bright southern Rhône blend displays an intense damson fruit quality with a lively suppleness of texture that's immensely satisfying. £7.99, buy 2 = £5.99, Majestic

Under £10

2010 Tenuta Luisa, Friulano del Friuli

An intriguing north-east Italian dry white made from the Friulano grape that's bone dry, full-bodied and nutty – and just made for fish and chicken. £9.99, down from £12.99, Waitrose, until 3 January

Splash out

2007 Château Romanin Les Baux de Provence, L'Etoile de Romanin

Spice-scented, juicy and supple Provence red whose vivid dark berry fruit and plum flavours are infused with pepper, olive and herbs. A great match for turkey or game. £13.99, Marks & Spencer