Trivento Malbec Reserve 2013, £8, Spar

This silver award-winning South American red from a maker voted the country’s best is a good value buy from a retailer with a growing reputation in wine selection.

Malbec from Argentina’s Mendoza region is deep crimson and full of plums and raspberries.

It is a big 14% alcohol and will go with all kinds of meat dishes.

Hand Selected Gavi 2012, £7.50, Spar

Hand Selected is the branding of Spar’s own-label wines and this is a lovely example of the fresh, zingy, lemon-flavoured white that the Piemonte hills in the most North Westerly part of Italy have made famous.

It isn’t complex but it is a refreshing change from all those Sauvignon Blancs and the alcohol level is just 11.5%.