Couch potato

2010 Castillo La Paz Tempranillo/Syrah, La Mancha, Spain

This is a fragrant and juicy strawberryish tempranillo-based Spain-meets-France blend with appealing undertones of vanilla spice. Delicious. £5.19, cut from £6.99, until 24 January, Waitrose

Dinner party

2007 Morrisons The Best Lussac Saint Emilion

There's an appealing touch of spicy oak on the nose of this well-made, Merlot-based claret from JF Carille in Bordeaux, with an attractive concentration of plum and cherry, spice-tinged fruit. £9.99, Morrisons

Splash out

2009 Rully 1er Cru La Pucelle

This is excellent white Burgundy from the virgin soils of the Côte Chalonnaise, a full-bodied chardonnay whose opulent fruit concentration finishes with a nutty flourish in a fresh, bone-dry framework of fruit. £15.99, M&S