Night in

2010 Tesco Finest* Saint-Mont, Plaimont

This south-west French blend of the local Gros Manseng, Petit Courbu and Arrufiac with its intense tropical fruit zest is great value even at the list price. £5.49, down from £6.99, Tesco

Dinner party

2010 The Hedonist Shiraz, McLaren Vale, South Australia

This smoky, biodynamic Aussie red has opulent, blackberry-fruit flavours with chocolatey undertones and bright, refreshingly balanced acidity. £12.99, Waitrose

Splash out

2009 Château Boutisse, Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux

This youthful, fragrant, modern Right Bank Bordeaux blend uses mainly merlot for succulence with a stiffening backbone of cabernet sauvignon and franc. £25, Marks & Spencer