Known as the ‘green wine of Portugal’, Vinho Verde’s freshness is a perfect choice for ice buckets with a dish of squid and grilled white fish.
For a good entry level, try Taste the Difference Albarino 2010, Rias Baixas, Spain (£7.99, Sainsbury’s).
Crisp with breezy fruit flavours, soft apricot aromas and good acidity, it’s a great choice with fish.
A label dressed with ‘Darling’ is hard to resist, and Finest Darling Sauvignon Blanc 2011, South Africa (£7.99, Tesco) pretty much sums up this favourite white to complement oysters and shellfish, or even roasted sea bass with rosemary and lemons. Concentrated with gooseberry, passionfruit and guava, sunshine in a glass.
If you’re thirsty for an easy-drinking white that won’t lose its mojo, try Jacob’s Creek Cool Harvest Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Australia (£8.99, 10.5 per cent abv, Sainsbury’s).
Super fresh, the grapes are harvested at night for maximum fruitiness and the crisp tropical fruit flavours with undertones of blossom work really well with crabcakes, a mixed leaf salad and sweet chilli sauce.