What to drink: white wines for spring
Sunny spring days call for light white wines. So pack away your winter coats and heavy cool-weather wines, and pour yourself a crisp white wine. Here, our experts make a case for nine of their favourites.
THE EXPERT: Emily Harris at The Grape Variety, Chipstead
Pinot Grigio Delle Venezie
The perfect tipple for sunny days, this Pinot Grigio comes from La Jara, an organic estate nestled in the hills of Italy’s Veneto region. It’s fresh and yummy showing some ripe peach and citrus aromas.
Pouilly Fumé La roche Blanche Domaine Laporte
Sancerres’s brother – but perhaps less known due to the hardly pronounceable name it bears! In the upper Loire Valley, you will find some of the best Sauvignon of the planet! Purity, balance and minerality are awaiting you with this wine. Drink with goats cheese, baked trout with garlicky spinach or sea bass served with roasted red peppers. Yum!
Domaine Thibert Les Scélés Pouilly-Fuissé
If you wanted something more traditional then look no further than this elegant and complex wine. It’s best if has been carafed a while before serving to open to its full potential. Grown on 60 year old vines, the Chardonnay is aged in old oak to give it a complex and elegant finish.
THE EXPERT: Rupert Pritchett at Taurus Wines, Bramley
Mare Nostrum Picpoul 2019
Picpoul is all the rage at the moment, and this may be why. Bursting with sharp citrus and crunchy minerality, Picpoul is superb with seafood and white fish, especially when the fish is fried in batter or breadcrumbs.
Domaine Daulny Sancerre Blanc 2019
You can’t go wrong with a Sancerre in the springtime. Loire Valley whites and the spring are a great combination as they go so well with salads. The best wines from Sancerre exhibit an unmistakeable aroma of warm, wet slate, which Daulny’s shining example perfectly represents alongside a peachy and herbaceous character.
Domaine Josmeyer Pinot Blanc Mise du Printemps 2019
Deliciously soft and easy-drinking, it’s especially good with soft cheeses, trout or summer salads.
THE EXPERT: Nik Darlington at Pip of Manor Farm, Seale
Château Laballe ‘Les Terres Basses’ Blanc Sec 2019
This is our bestselling white wine for good reason: it is so versatile, but then a good Gascon white usually is. You’e got enough body, lovely aromatics and delicate fruit flavour from the Colombard, Gros Manseng & Ugni Blanc blend. It’s also our house white by-the-glass if you come for a drink in the courtyard at Manor Farm this spring.
De Kleine Wijn Koöp Klipkers Droë Wit 2020
The name is a mouthful and so is the wine – in a very good way! De Kleine Wijn Koöp translates as ‘The Little Wine Co-op’ and it started out as a bunch of mates making sought-after small batch wines from vineyards across South Africa. Winemaker Wynand Grobler has here blended expertly an unusual array of Grenache Blanc, Grenache Gris and Verdelho from the Voor-Paardeberg region for a dry, textural, very moreish dry white with a difference.
Santiago Ruiz ‘O Rosal’ Albariño
A good Rías Baixas Albariño screams of springtime. It is still full enough to warm the cockles over a long weekend lunch or on cooler evenings and where spring salads and fresh seafood are already appearing on the table. Santiago’s family has been making it here since the 1860s.