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Alistair Gibson recommends a couple of cracking red wine varities.

One of the great pleasures of autumn is heading off for a long Sunday walk and then sitting down to a late lunch.

I love the thought of a roast or casserole and a bottle of hearty red. Cotes du Rhone 2013, Guigal (Waitrose, £11.49) is produced by some of the best producers in the Rhone Valley in large quantities, but each year this wine never fails to deliver.

This has a high proportion of syrah in the blend and it is warm and inviting with dark fruit and a hint of savouriness, perfect with some slow-cooked beef.

Cotes du Rhone Villages ‘Jasoun’ 2011, Jean-Henri Fabre ( £8.75) is another hearty Rhone, with cherry, spices and hints of mocha with supple tannins and a touch of vanilla and would be gorgeous with some lamb shanks.