Toast the first days of autumn

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The days are slowly slipping into autumn. I love the change of seasons and all that they bring, so here are a few wines to try as you think of seasonal recipes.

The first grape I think about when autumn comes is pinot noir, which works well with mushrooms and game.

Wither Hills Pinot Noir 2010, Marlborough (Waitrose £8.79 on offer from £11 September 10 to October 7) is a great expression of this difficult grape and amazing value on special offer. Seductive black fruits, savoury notes and a silky finish, try it with duck breast and blackberries.

Wirra Wirra Church Block 2011, McLaren Vale (Co-op £9.99 on offer from £12.99 until September 16) blends cabernet sauvignon, shiraz and merlot. With rich berry fruits, spicy oak and ripe tannins, enjoy this wine with slow-cooked lamb shanks.

Bodegas Castano ‘Solanera’ Vinas Viejas2012, Yelca

From an up and coming Spanish region, this is a blend of mourvedre, cabernet sauvignon and grenache. It’s the sort of rich, warm red wine that Spain does so well, with black fruit, vanilla, eastern spices and a gorgeous textured finish. This is brilliant wine to go with robust dishes; you need to search it out.

From £14.99 but down to £13.50 from September 15.