For spring, you need well-made wines for everyday drinking, trendy weekend warriors and some chic labels.
Here are some suggestions to raise a glass to springtime...
Italian gavi from the Piedmont region in northern Italy offers good value, especially in The Exquisite Collection Gavi 2014, Italy (£5.49, Aldi). This dry white made from cortese grapes has a delicate floral bouquet with grapefruit, apples and lemon peel flavours and a bright, mineral finish with a hint of almond.
A south of France speciality, picpoul is a fresh, breezy white with cleansing acidity that works well with shellfish. From one of the Rhone Valley’s key winemakers, Jean-Luc Colombo’s Les Girelles Picpoul De Pinet 2014, France (£9.99, www.henningswine.co.uk) is especially good. Dry, well rounded and refreshing, white blossom on the nose leads to plenty of ripe fruity red apple and citrus flavours with bright acidity on the finish.
Esk Valley Verdelho 2014, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand (£11.99, www.cambridgewine.com) is traditionally a Portuguese variety from the island of Madeira. A dry, rich, aromatic style, it exhibits lovely lime-scented, peach and musk-like aromas with weight and texture on the palate with an upbeat freshness and perfectly balanced acidity on the finish.
Albarino is Spain’s trendy white wine from Galicia (on the north-west coast) and The Society’s Exhibition Albarino, Rias Baixas 2013, Spain (£12.95, www.thewinesociety.com) is a good introduction to this fresh, minerally white with a salty tang that works well with seafood. With apple and peachy aromas and wet stone fruit characters, the citrus fruits are underpinned by refreshing acidity, with zesty lime and a saline note.