sausages and mashAutumn has started. Falling leaves and falling temperatures 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.

potatoesProper 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.

rose wineAnd 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.

PG Autumn Wine Tips

£3.99 and under

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

Tesco South African White

£3.29

An everyday drinking white that tastes of apple and apricot crumble. A perfect match to sandwiches of any sort – including those filled with sausages.

£5.99 and under

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

white wineCanti Sicilian Catarratto Chardonnay

£4.49 Co-op (down from £5.49 until September 25)

This white tastes like a fruit salad with a swirl of cream. Very acceptable slurp and a match to almost anything.

Canti Italian Negromaro Zinfandel

£4.49 Co-op (down from £5.49 until September 25)

It’s the touch of cranberry sharpness to this fruity red that makes it a perfect wine for rich food, cutting through any fatty flavours and leaving you tasting both nosh and vino.

Alsace Pinot BlancDevil’s Rock German Riesling

£4.75 Co-op (down from £5.49 until September 25)

Devil’s Rock always produces some good stuff and this wine is no exception – a pleasant Riesling that tastes like a light fruity mousse.

Costs a bit more, but tastes great

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

Corte Major Spanish Rioja

£6.49 Co-op (down from £5.49 until September 25)

Smooth and fruity with cherry, blackcurrant and plum flavours.

Spar French Beaujolais-Villages 2009

£6.99

Not a bad Beaujolais – dark cherry, plum and milk chocolate flavours.

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

Aldi Danti labelAldi’s Danti Pinot Grigio Spumante is the best tasting and best value sparkling white currently around: £4.99 for a complex mix of dry gooseberry, lime, lemon and almond biscuit flavours with a final hint of fresh peas. This recent addition to the Aldi core range knocks spots of many champagnes. And red wine lovers haven’t been forgotten in this mid-season revamp with four more under-a-fiver slurpers.

coins£4.87 is the average-spend on a bottle of supermarket wine. And with the recession predicted to carry on until goodness knows when that amount isn’t likely to increase any time soon – unless our Chancellor of the Exchequer decides to put up alcohol excise duty yet again. And he might – but until that time comes what exactly does an average-priced bottle of wine taste like?

saladMatching wine to a baby leaf and herb salad, whose only coating is sea salt and black pepper, is easy - almost any white or light red wine will go. Finding a wine for a salad dressed in oil and vinegar is a little more difficult.