screwcap wineWines bargains to look out for this week, and not a cork in sight. Just screwcaps and plastic corks. So they'll be no crumbling corks leaving bits floating in your glass.

£3.99 and under

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

Aldi Cambalala South African Chenin Blanc


Bargain of the Week. This South African white is sensibly topped with a screwcap. So put away your corkscrew and cork flotsam filter, and just unscrew and pour. Enjoy plum banana and melon flavours with creamy curries.

Co-op Argentine Malbec 2010


The Co-op's own-label Argentine Malbec is stoppered with the new alternative to crumbly cork – a lump of plastic that looks all the world like cork but is in fact very durable and virtually unbreakable. Which makes getting the corkscrew in a little tricky. The knack with plastic corks is to push the first quarter of an inch of corkscrew into the top of the 'cork' with as much force as you can muster and then twist in as normal. Pull out and enjoy this creamy cherry and blackcurrant wine with rosemary-topped pork chop.

Costs a bit more, but tastes great

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

Villa Maria Private Bin New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc

£6.99 Sainsbury’s (down from £8.99 until February 22nd)

A screwcapped wine that smells and tastes of gooseberry crumble with a dash of elderflower. Best enjoyed, well with anything really.

Campbells Australian Rutherglen Muscat, half bottle

£7.99 Waitrose (down from £9.99 until March 8th)

A sweet dessert wine that can be chilled and enjoyed as an aperitif. Smooth toffee flavours with a ginger edge. Match to cheeses or chocs.

heart glassSchmoozing with booze this Valentine's Day is a sure-fire way of turning your loved one's knees to jelly. Start by whipping out a bottle of vintage Dom Perignon chilled to 38 degrees Fahrenheit from the fridge, open it (without taking your eye out with the flying cork) before pouring it into elegant champagne flutes.

bowl and chopsticksChopsticks leave me fumbling, but that won’t stop me devouring Chinese food this Thursday to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Pick up some suitable bottles of wine to match your sweet and sour pork and dim sum.

diaryNew Year, new wine offers. There are some about but don't expect any stupendous bargains in the supermarket wine aisles of Great Britain this January: leftover Christmas champagne and cava is now at half price, and brand names you've never heard of are down £1.50 a bottle. But among these lame offerings are a few real bargains – you've just got to know what you're looking for.