Terry Kirby selects the best bottles to buy

Sunday Lunch

Cordillera Carignan 2008

From Carignan vines planted in the 1940s high in Chile's Maule Valley, mixed with a little Merlot and Shiraz, this is an earthy, velvety and perfumed wine, packed with concentrated damson flavours and a little light spicing. Yet despite this complexity, it retains a fine acidity that makes it very accessible. Highly recommended for all types of game and for the upcoming festive season. £13.28, vintagemarque.com (minimum order of six bottles)

Midweek meal

Bodegas Gallegas Solano Tinto 2011

Galicia, in Spain's north-west, is mostly known for its fabulous whites to match local seafood, but wonderful reds are made there as well, deriving their appealing freshness from a combination of vines watered by snow-melt and the influence of the Atlantic climate. The Solano, a blend of Tempranillo and Garnacha, is smooth, medium-bodied, fruity and, at this price, excellent value. Drink with a mussel, chorizo and potato stew. £6.30, jascots.co.uk

Bargain basement

Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2011

Just because it is seemingly on offer almost everywhere should not negate the qualities of this fine Kiwi wine – characteristically intense gooseberry and lime flavours, great fresh acidity and an easy drinkability. Another one to stockpile for those Christmas parties. £6.49 (until 20 November; normally £9.99), The Co-operative; £4.71 (minimum purchase 6 bottles; normally £9.29), tesco.com; £7.59 (each for two if bought as part of minimum six-bottle purchase; normally £9.49), majestic.co.uk

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