Wine: Something for the weekend


Night in

2010 Jacobs Creek Reserve Shiraz, Barossa Valley, Australia

A notch above the basic Jacob's Creek shiraz, this is full of opulent dark blackberry fruitiness infused with a smooth sheen of spicy oak and chocolatey richness. £6.99, down from £9.99, Tesco, Asda

Dinner party

2010 Cerro del Masso Poggiotondo Chianti, Italy

A modern Tuscan blend based on the sangiovese grape, this bright chianti shows herb and cherry aromas and a typical twist of sour cherry for a supple and zingy aftertaste. £8.99, Waitrose Wine Direct and 220 branches.

Splash out

2010 Salmos, Priorat, Torres, Spain

This fine Catalan blend delivers smooth-textured, spicy fruit with a richness that turns lipsmackingly savoury. Around £16.99, Peake Wines (01329 822733)