I know you can get asparagus all year, but the English asparagus season is a truly magical time, the first taste of summer. Asparagus can be tricky to match with wine, but the golden rule is not to drink anything oaked.
Try Hartleys Block Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Marlborough (Waitrose £7.85 until June 2), from the same guys that bought you The Ned but with less tropical fruit and more lime and green notes plus a zesty finish.
Vasse Felix Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2013, Margaret River (Waitrose £11.19 until June 2) is one of my go-to summer whites. The semillon adds herbal notes, giving a good impersonation of a top white Bordeaux. Try with steamed asparagus and melted butter.
My top tipple this week is Markus Huber Grüner Veltliner 2014. Traisental Grüner Veltliner is Austria’s most important grape making a refreshing change from sauvignon blanc. It has a twist of white pepper with pear notes and refreshing acidity. Also works well with Asian spiced food (Waitrose £7.99).