John Wilson: Three great-value warming reds from O’Briens’ Christmas line-up

Wines for the Weekend: This trio are rich and hearty but also have a touch of elegance

Wines for the weekend: Norton Luján de Cuyo Malbec, Laurent Miquel Heritage Vineyards Syrah and JP Ramos Marques de Borba Colheita

As the cold weather creeps in we begin to look for more substantial red wines. I have avoided swarthy, overly alcoholic reds; the three warming wines below are from regions capable of producing rich, hearty wines that will keep the winter chill away, but all have a touch of elegance that makes them even more welcoming, as do the very keen prices: the are great value for money. All are part of O'Briens' Christmas promotion.

Laurent Miquel Heritage Vineyards Syrah 2020, IGP d'Oc, France, 14%, €10 (down from €14.95)
Laurent Miquel consistently produces some of the best-value wines in Languedoc, and this one is no exception. Smooth, supple, rounded ripe dark forest fruits with a touch of spice. Hard to beat at the promotional price. A good all-rounder with herby pork chops, or an Irish stew.

Marques de Borba Colheita 2019 JP Ramos, Alentejo, Portugal, 14%, €12.95 (down from €17.95)
João Portugal Ramos is one of the leading winemakers in Portugal, fashioning a range of well-made wines from various parts of the country. From Alentejo, in the baking-hot interior, this a lovely warming wine with herbal aromas and soft, easy ripe dark fruits. Perfect with a roast of pork or a herby lamb casserole.

Norton Luján de Cuyo Malbec 2018, Argentina, 14.5%, €12.95 (down from €18.95)
Rich and harmonious, with silky-smooth loganberry and blackcurrant fruits, overlaid with spice. A seductive mix of power and elegance. Serve alongside a steak, a roast of beef or a rich casserole.