The first day of spring on March 20 signals the perfect excuse to pair younger wines with the catch of the day, fresh picks from the garden or spring greens.
For cellar starters, Finest Falanghina, Puglia 2010, Italy (£5.99, Tesco) is a fun lunchtime wine. Fresh and dry with hints of lemon sherbet and grapefruit with typical Italian neutrality, it’s a casual midweek drinker which pairs well with a bowl of seafood linguine.
To capture the spring fervour, try Tagus Creek Chardonnay & Fernao Pires 2011, Portugal (£6.49, Waitrose), which pens its name from the Tagus River, southern Portugal. A rustic, lemony white with a floral nose, the marked notes of peach and apricot could overpower the delicate flavours in fish dishes. Serve well chilled and enjoy with tender lamb.
Wine buffs with a sense of humour will be drawn to Cono Sur Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Chile (£8.99, Waitrose). The label is a take on the French word ‘connoisseur’, and the wine is delightful. Nettly and super fresh with kiwi fruit and gooseberry, it’s perfectly balanced and a champion glass with ceviche and sushi.