Wine: Something for the weekend?


Night in

2012 Domaine de Montval Syrah, PGI Pays du Gard

A vibrant southern French syrah in Crozes Hermitage mould showing milled pepper notes beneath a blackberryish fruit quality. £9,99, buy 2 = £6.99, Majestic

Dinner Party

2011 Château du Gazin

This is a stylish modern blend displaying rich cassis fruit edged with chocolatety notes. Decant this excellent-value claret and tell guests it’s Lafite. £8.99, down from £11.99, until 29 Oct, Waitrose

Splash out

2011 Rosso di Montalcino Fuligni Ginestreto

A mini-Brunello di Montalcino in style, this vivid Tuscan rosso is made from sangiovese with cherryish fruit defined by purity of texture and savoury freshness. £19.50, Lea & Sandeman (020-7244 0522)