Cordorniu Gran Cremant Cava 2012, £6.99, Co-op

Summertime is sparkling wine time and there are lots of alternatives to budget-busting champagne.

Italy’s Prosecco is fashionable but some Spanish Cavas are equally good and even cheaper.

Here’s one reduced from £10.49 until August 26. Three grapes, Macabeo, Xarello and Parellada, make an 11.5% fizz with lovely apple and almond flavours.

Chateau Sainte Marthe 2012, £5.99, Co-op

This French red is also down from £7.99 until August 26 and a good example of the modern winemakers who have revived the fortunes of France’s Languedoc region in the last 20 years.

Syrah (Shiraz) and Grenache grapes are blended with 5% of Mourvedre to produce blackcurrant and blackberry tastes with a touch of spice and 13.5% alcohol.