Night in

2013 Taste the Difference Grüner Veltliner

One of the best-value dry whites in Sainsbury's reliable Taste the Difference range, this Austrian dry white shows vivid fresh pear aromas and flavours. £7.50, Sainsbury's

Dinner party

2012 Crozes Hermitage Les Saviaux, Domaine Michel Poinard

Vivid in youthful purple, this northern Rhône syrah shows the classic tar and pepper perfume. £15.99, buy 2 = £11.99, Majestic

Splash out

2012 Yabby Lake Vineyard Single Vineyard Chardonnay, Mornington Peninsula

A brilliant chardonnay whose price is matched by the intensity of flavour and complexity. £35, Swig, £30, in bond, 6, Lay & Wheeler