Which wine to buy: 2011 Extra Special Chardonnay D’Oc
Who sells it: Asda
How much is it: Currently £5 on a roll-back offer.
What does it taste like: After a delicate orchard fruit opening, the wine quickly develops creamy, apricot and orange substance that is neatly balanced with a gentle vanilla finish drawn from its well judged barrel maturation.
Why should I buy it: Surviving ABC (Anything but Chardonnay) Brigade members should take a serious look at this great value, well made white from southern France. By avoiding excess ripeness and oak, as happens here, Chardonnay is surely on the road back to popularity.
Which wine to buy: 2011 Marques de Montino Rioja
Who sells it: Sainsbury’s
How much is it: £4.65 – instead of £6.99, until Tuesday
What does it taste like: The raspberry and morello cherry fruit is very up-front in this soft and juicy red that, nevertheless, still stretches out into a tasty, long and gently spicy finish.
Why should I buy it: Unlike traditional versions, young rioja like this (often marked as “joven” on the label) has little or no exposure to oak. That helps to keep the fruit vibrantly fresh and, because the processes are simpler, can keep the price down (as it does here).
Which wine to buy: 2010 Finest Vinho Verde
Who sells it: Tesco
How much is it: £5 – instead of £7.29, until May 22.
What does it taste like: This very fresh white (that is floral, too, on the nose) has bags of the fresh, apple centred acidity that provides ideal summer drinking yet ends with a very dry – albeit fruity – finish.
Why should I buy it: Forget the medium dry, slightly fizzy vinho verde of the seventies; this is gentle (11.5%), lively yet serious wine that will work well with light fish dishes – even a prawn cocktail if you want to be completely retro. Equally, try it just on its own as garden wine – if we ever experience anything like a summer’s day!
Brian Elliott is wine correspondent for Scotland on Sunday and lives at Auchencrow in the Borders