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Asda’s Extra Special range presents some delicious, easy to drink and good value choices.

For example, this 2012 Extra Special Gavi offers a brilliant balance between the crisp and floral lemon-centred acidity on the one hand and the wine’s powerful apple influences, savoury fennel touches and its trademark minerality, on the other.

Gavi, uses the delightful Cortese grape to produce, for me, one of the real superstars from Italy’s outstanding Piedmont wine region.

And at only £6 a bottle – on special offer from £7.98 until September 1 – this is an excellent buy.

Our second pick this week, the 2011 Segredo do Lisboa Castelao Syrah, is straight forward, full red wine that delivers an assertive, yet mildly acidic, cocktail of black pepper, plums and spices such as nutmeg.

There are slightly chewy tannins but these – together with the gently herbaceous backdrop – actually help to make the wine even more food friendly.

The current price to quality ratio on Portuguese wines is excellent – meaning both consumer delight and exceptional value for money.

Here, the neatly integrated and balanced combination of local and international grape varieties admirably demonstrates the winemaking flair that the country has to offer.

On sale at the Co-op, the wine is selling for £4.99 – on special offer from £7.49 until August 27.

Last, but not least, we turn to House Chenin Blanc.

One of the most widely cultivated and versatile varieties in South Africa, improvements in production techniques have seen the Chenin Blanc grape grow in sophistication and value for money.

Consequently, it fits naturally into Sainsbury’s House range which is a great source of inexpensive and uncomplicated wine.

After a crisp opening, this wine softens nicely into typical banana-centred fruit underpinned by an acidity that reminds me of fresh pineapples – before moving into a long mellow finish.

Selling for £4.50, this is a good buy.

Brian Elliott is wine correspondent of Scotland on Sunday. Guest contributor this month was Melanie Miller.