Terry Kirby selects the best bottles to buy...
Carchelo Jumilla, 2009
The fashionable styling of the label here reinforces the fact that Spanish wines have come a long way recently. Made in the arid south-east, with a blend of Monastrell, Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, this is a full-bodied, well-structured, modern red, with masses of big, dark fruit flavours held together by a spicy finish. Recommended for roast meats or game, but also a banker for arroz con pollo or other boisterous Mediterranean foods. £10.99 (or six for £8.79 each), oddbins.com
Champteloup Chardonnay Vin de Pays du Val de Loire, 2009
By this point of the year, when winter seems to be going on for ever, a constant diet of robust reds and comfort foods may begin to drag, and one needs to vary things with lighter wines and fishier dishes – so what better than a smoked-fish pie with this creamily full-flavoured and lightly oaked Chardonnay, made specially for Waitrose. But act quickly, the offer ends Tuesday. £5.59 or £63.72 for 12 (reduced from £6.99 until 25 January), waitrosewine.com
Rockbare Tinder Box McLaren Vale Shiraz, 2008
Even if you are on a January detox, this week's choices demonstrate that it is a great time to stock up on bargains as retailers clear their shelves. And in the cold weather, there is nothing better than this big, powerful but restrained Aussie Shiraz: velvety and raisiny, with touches of spice and chocolate to tantalise the palate. Just be careful of the 15 per cent alcohol. £7.99 (reduced from £11.49 until 30 January), marksandspencer.com