Wines of the week: Doña Dominga Petit Verdot Gran Reserva 2009; Domaine l'Aigle Limoux Chardonnay 2009; Baron Amarillo Rioja Reserva 2006

Terry Kirby selects the best bottles to buy

Sunday lunch

Doña Dominga Petit Verdot Gran Reserva 2009

New World makeover magic is worked here on this otherwise-neglected Bordeaux varietal. Grown in Chile's Colchagua Valley by the Los Lingues estate, it produces a succulent, juicy, moreish wine, with very firm tannins and chewy dark fruit, all brought together with a nice freshness and a long finish. Works well with Middle Eastern grilled lamb or similar dishes. £12.99, Tesco

Midweek meal

Domaine l'Aigle Limoux Chardonnay 2009

Autumn calls for robust white wines that can meet fuller-flavoured foods, such as this southern French Chardonnay. There is some oak here, but it's closer to an elegant Burgundian white than an upfront Aussie Chardonnay and the dominant flavours are nuts and orchard fruits rather than being heavily tropical. Good with roast chicken, creamy and cheesy pasta or perhaps a smoked fish pie. £9.99, majestic.co.uk (or buy two at £8.49 each; both as part of a minimum purchase of six bottles)

Bargain basement

Baron Amarillo Rioja Reserva 2006

While the genuine foodie bargains that can sometimes be found in the discount supermarkets such as Aldi and Lidl have been justly celebrated, there are also treats in store for wine buyers, such as this terrifically priced, eminently drinkable Rioja. Approachable and full-bodied, it is a great everyday wine for, say, spicy meatballs in tomato sauce or a casserole. £5.99, Aldi

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