Couch potato

2011 Les Jardiniers Sauvignon Blanc, Val de Loire

Cheaper but better than Sainsbury's new vintage Taste the Difference Sancerre, this fragrant Loire Valley sauvignon has elderflower notes and delivers on its gooseberry-fruit quality. £6.49, Sainsbury's

Dinner party

2010 Ogier Lirac Réserve

A vibrant blend of the southern Rhône grapes grenache, syrah, mourvèdre and cinsault, this has opulent but spice-tinged raspberry and cherryish fruit cocooned by a voluptuous texture and bright acidity. £8.99, The Co-operative

Splash out

2008 Toolangi Vineyards Chardonnay, Victoria, Australia

This is an elegant, cooler-climate chardonnay whose appley and melon fruitiness are underpinned by intensity of flavour and Burgundy-like complexity. £18.50, Berry Bros & Rudd (