Great deals on light whites and lighter reds

clock changeThe move into British Summer Time always leaves me time disorientated but by 7pm this evening I know my system will have accepted the change – I can now listen to The Archers and admire the colour of a glass of lightly chilled white wine without needing to put the light on.

daffodilLonger periods of daylight send a signal to our brain to expect warmer days and nights. Our senses instinctively back this up by rejecting the dark reds and browns of winter and seeking out lighter colours.

So leave dark red Cabernet Sauvignons unopened and pick up a bottle of its white cousin Sauvignon Blanc instead. This light green coloured wine not only matches the burgeoning spring foliage but also the lighter foods we'll be eating once the weather gets warmer: quiches, cold meats and cold soups all match its gooseberry smell and taste.

Arniston Bay Chenin BlancSauvignon Blanc, though fresh and fruity, can be rather one dimensional so a good alternative are wines made with the Chenin Blanc grape.

Mostly made in South Africa, Chenin Blanc’s multiple fruit personality makes it versatile enough to match almost any dish. But its sweet melon and apple flavours also make it a good choice as an aperitif or an ideal partner to a large bowl of popcorn while watching that favourite film for the seventh time.

Spring-time needn’t be just about white wines; there are plenty of lighter reds that are an ideal match to lighter meals. Try French Claret or Beaujolais, or wines made with the Pinot Noir grape to find strawberry and redcurrant flavours.

PG Wine Tips

£3.99 and under

There are still some good bottles to be found that cost the same as a couple of National Lottery tickets.

Quarter Acre Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

£3.98 Asda

Clean, refreshing and cheap. What a great combination.

£5.99 and under

There are a few fruity, slurpable wines among the forgettable masses.

Nobilo SauvignonAsda Extra Special South African Chenin Blanc 2010

£4 Asda

An oomphy aromatic white with banana, melon and apple flavours. Match to ham and cheese quiche.

Runestone New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc 2011

£4.99 Co-op (down from £9.99 until April 10)

Usual gooseberry flavours with some grapefruit too. Zingy.

Morrisons Claret Reserve

£4.99 Morrisons (down from £6.49 until April 22)

Soft, fruity and blackcurranty.

Cono Sur Chilean Pinot Noir

£5 Sainsbury’s (down from £7.49 but only until Tuesday)

Cono Sur is always a reliably good buy and as it’s down a few quid then even better. Cherry, plum and strawberry flavours.

Stonehaven South African Sauvignon Blanc 2011

£5.99 Co-op (down from £7.99 until April 10)

This South African version has toned-downed gooseberryness along with some dry flint flavours. Classy plus it’s exclusive to the Co-op.

Costs a bit more, but tastes great

Sometimes a bottle of wine tastes so fab it's still a bargain whatever it costs.

Villa Maria recliningThe Ned New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc 2011

£6.99 Co-op (down from £8.99 until April 10)

Yet another Sauvignon from the Co-op. This one’s a pound more but you get extra flavours other than gooseberry: flint, gun smoke, nettles, lemon and green pepper.

This article has also appeared as Paula's Wines of the Week on MatureTimes.co.uk