Autumn wines

sausages and mashWhat with falling leaves and falling temperatures you may have thought autumn had already started but it turns out Friday is its official start. Which means a diet of comfort food is now required. A good pork sausage, a bottle of red wine and an extremely large dollop of creamy mashed potato should do the trick.

potatoes in dishProper mashed potato made with stove-top boiled King Edwards (I find traditional boiling always gives better results than microwaved cooked potatoes), butter, cream and a grind of salt and black pepper will smooth down rough reds made with high tannin grape varieties like Grenache, Syrah and young Cabernet Sauvignons.

But sausage snacks needn't only match red wines. Sausage sarnies or a simple meal of fried sausage and egg match both Brown Sauce and white wine wonderfully - slightly acidic and lemony-tasting whites from France or Italy make very sausage-friendly wines.

And if you're still not sure whether to go for a white or red, then try a rosé. Rosé wine has enough strength of flavour to match most meats and refreshing white wine qualities that help wash down a meal.

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£3.99 and under

There are still some good bottles to be found that cost the same as a couple of National Lottery tickets.

Arniston Bay South African The Coast Red

£3.99 Co-op (down from £5.99 until October 4th)

Bargain Red of the Week. A reliable wine at a reliable price. Jammy flavours of strawberry, raspberry and blackcurrant. A good sausage matcher.

Arniston Bay South African The Coast White

£3.99 Co-op (down from £5.99 until October 4th)

Bargain White of the Week. This blend of Chenin Blanc, Colombard and Semillon grape varieties results in flavours of pineapple upside down pudding. Wonderfully quaffable.

£5.99 and under

There are a few fruity, slurpable wines among the forgettable masses.

La Metropole French Vins de Pays red

£4.99 Co-op (down from £6.99 until October 4th)

A hearty red that tastes of cherry, damson and blackcurrant with the added taste and texture of cocoa. Match to Chorizo sausage.

Co-op Fairtrade Argentine Shiraz

£4.99 (down from £5.99 until October 4th)

What a bargain, so much flavour at under a fiver: chocolate, blackberry, cherry, tobacco and Bisto. It knocks spots of Aussie Shiraz.

Amoras Portuguese rosé

£5.99 Laithwaites (minimum 6 bottle purchase)

More of a light red than a rosé: raspberry, redcurrant and vanilla with a tinge of blackcurrant.

Costs a bit more, but tastes great

Sometimes a bottle of wine tastes so fab it's still a bargain whatever it costs.

Louis Jadot French Beaujolais-Villages

£6.99 Waitrose (down from £9.49 until October 11th)

A better than average Beaujolais with milk chocolate, coffee and elderberry flavours. Match to warm jumpers.

This article has also appeared as Paula's Wines of The Week on MatureTimes.co.uk