When it comes to seasonal produce, English asparagus is one of the foods I most look forward to - the only shame is that the season is so short.
Much has been written about matching wine with asparagus and it can be tricky. Many wines, particularly those that have seen a little oak, don’t go well at all, but sauvignon blanc works best. Iona Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Elgin (sawinesonline.com £12.99) is one of the Cape’s best expressions of this grape. It combines Kiwi fruit and Loire-like elegance, grapefruit and zesty lime with a mineral core – really lovely wine.
Puklavec & Friends Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Slovenia (Waitrose £8.99) is a pleasant surprise – very dry with a definite European feel. There is citrus fruit and a touch of cut grass with a nice fresh finish.
Waitrose sauvignon blanc 2013, Touraine
This is great value, really fresh with zesty citrus fruit, a hint of gooseberry and a crisp, vibrant finish. It’s not over-complicated and it’s the simplicity that appeals. This is a great aperitif or can be enjoyed with an asparagus salad.
Available from Waitrose for £6.39, on offer from £7.99 until May 20.