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perfect bold, ripe, blackcurranty Cabernet, complete with a creamy, cassis finish2006 Cairanne, Réserve des Hospitaliers. Waitrose £6.39 until Feb 24
Delicious, oaky red whose seductive chocolatey fruit makes a great winter warmerPink Port, Portugal, 50cl. Marks & Spencer, down to £5.99 until Monday
poured over ice its elegant, sweet, clean, juicy berry fruit is a delight.2004 Bandol, Domaine Bunan, France. Marks & Spencer, £12.99
oozes rich, dark, plum and prune-layered Provençal fruit.Bollinger Rosé Brut Champagne, Berry Bros £53.80, Majestic 2 @ £44.99
rich, toasted almond and delicate red fruit-scented mouthful
Toasty, creamy, fresh and stylish2006 Olivier Fichet Terroir de Burgy, Mâcon-Villages, £8.50 (Stone, Vine & Sun)
Buttery, nutty, apple-scented; great value white burgundy2006 Tinto da Anfora, £5.99 (Sainsbury's).
Ever-reliable Portuguese red, with ripe blueberry fruit and spicy oak
sweet, strong and different; amber gold little vin doux naturel2006 Viñalba Malbec Reserva. buy 2 = £7.49, Majestic
quintessence of bright, juicy blackberryish Argentinian malbec.2007 Puligny Montrachet Les Chalumeaux. £35, M&S, major stores
ultra-stylish chardonnay; nutty oak and oatmealy undertones.
tackle with a knife and fork, or possibly a pickaxe2005 Speri Amarone della Valpolicella (£20, 15%, Marks & Spencer)
perfumed, comparatively forward2000 Quintarelli Valpolicella Classico Superiore (£35.35 bibendum-wine.co.uk)
appealingly traditional, Amarone-like2004 Ca La Bionda Amarone Ravazzol (£34.50, stockists from 0207 720 1600)
sublime; a delicate, almost Pinot Noir-like red that belies its alcohol2007 Allegrini Valpolicella (£8.99, stockists from 0207 720 5350)
refreshingly juicy, easy-drinking2006 Asda Extra Special Valpolicella Ripasso, Cantina di Soave (£6.14)
firmer, damson and plum skin-like; a steal.2006 Château Camplazens La Garrigue, Coteaux du Languedoc 3 @ £9.33 Wine Rack
Wow! An intense, spicy, yet beautifully refreshing, berry-fruity blend
richness of fruit (pineapple, pear) and creamy depthsTorres Vina Sol 2007/08, Spain (widely available, £5.99)
Made from the local parellada grape, which gives an appley hint and a crisp streakAsda Extra Special Beaujolais Villages 2007, France (£4.57)
soft, fresh, light beaujolais with lifted strawberry and cherry fruit
the supermarket says it is very popularDomaine Rafael Tinto 2005 Alentejo, Portugal (£8.25, Berry Bros)
heady, warm, mellow rush of a red.