Greywacke Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Bank Holiday weekend is the time to enjoy the first English asparagus of the year and with it one of the greatest Sauvignon Blancs, made by Kevin Judd, the New Zealander behind Cloudy Bay. Not cheap, but worth every penny for a special occasion, full-on flavours of melons, pink grapefruit, papaya and green peppers, with a spine of brisk acidity and a long, clean finish.
Mas de Victor Graciano 2011
If there is any chance of outdoor eating this weekend, here is a great choice for some simply grilled herby lamb or spicy chicken. This easily drinkable, medium-bodied wine has some lusciously juicy dark, sweet fruits, bitter chocolate touches and a savoury oaky underpinning. £8.99, Sainsbury's
Bone-dry, sharp, salty, tangy and amazingly palate-cleansing, this is almost the perfect warmer-weather aperitif to accompany some salted almonds and olives, but also worth trying with tapas and smoked fish dishes. £6.99, Marks & Spencer