Terry Kirby selects the best bottles to buy

Spring is the time for zesty, aromatic white wines that refresh the palate and accompany lighter foods…

Sunday lunch

Weingut Göttelmann Dautenpflänzer Riesling Halbmond 2007

Stunning, complex, bone-dry German Riesling from a small estate in the Nahe area. Smoky, fruity aromas give way to crisp, acidic flavours of peaches, bananas and apricots, with a lingering refreshing finish. Pair with shellfish, but excellent with a halibut steak. £11.95, fromvineyardsdirect.com

Midweek meal

Zibibbo 2012

Sherbety flavours of lemons and limes, but with an underlying touch of spiciness characterise this zippy white from Sicily, using a grape also known as Muscat of Alexandria. Excellent with simple seafood, such as grilled sardines, or anything with Asian spicing. £7.99, Marks & Spencer

Bargain basement

Monte Velho Branco 2012

This appealing everyday white from Portugal's Alentejo region is a mix of local and little-known indigenous grapes, such as Roupeiro and Perrum, which produce a very different, tangy, invigorating wine that is suitable for all kinds of Mediterranean foods. £6.75, thewinesociety.com; £7.99 cambridgewine.com