Night in

2012 El Patito Feo Garnacha Graciano, Navarra

A fresh, spicy tinto whose ripe fruit with its blueberry and blackberry flavours is nicely defined and supported by a lively freshness. £8.99, buy 2 = £6.74, Majestic

Dinner party

2009 Michele Chiarlo Reyna Barbaresco

Fragrant and delicate, this super-complex Piedmontese red is supported by a backbone of acidity and the firm, textured tannins of the nebbiolo grape. £32.95, Jeroboams shops

Splash out

2012 Dolcetto d'Alba, Piemonte, G D Vajra

The bright fruit of this charming rosso shows a vivid cherrystone quality with a damson-like nip of acidity. £15.99-£16.99, Corks of Cotham, Martinez Wines