2010 Bordière Nord Syrah Grenache, Vin de Pay d'Oc

Deep coloured and aromatic, this brambly southern French blend shows a spicy damsony freshness, with a rustic dry edge; an affordable Indian summer's barbecue red. £6.99, buy 2 = £5.99, Majestic

2009 Tesco Finest Sonoma County Chardonnay

There's some sweet toasty oak on the nose and a Burgundian palate combining ripe peachy fruit with the oatmealy flavours of the lees and a nutty finish. A stylish, affordable dry white. £8.99, Tesco2008

Château Haut Ballet, Fronsac

A vanilla-scented touch of oak in the aroma and a ripe black fruit character tempered by chunky tannins gives Olivier Decelle's Right Bank claret made from pure merlot a modern St-Emilion feel. £14.24, Waitrose Wine Direct