Twelve wines to enjoy - whatever the weather this summer
With hit-and-miss weather, summer drinking is more complex than picking a sunshine rose.
Here are 12 options that should please the crowds, whatever the weather.
A great value alternative to champagne is Simmonet-Febvre Cremant de Bourbogne Rose NV (£17.99, TheDrinkShop.com.)
Robert said this was very dry tipple, possibly a little too much so for his unsophisticated palates, but would be perfect for toasting an occasion. Nancy’s Les Jamelles Syrah was a deep, dry red with good liquorice after-taste. A decent quality Syrah but perhaps lacking the fruit quality of Australian equivalents. It cost £7.25, Co-op.
Barbecues are a British institution, and there are several reds ripe for smoked meat.
The Louis Latour Pinot Noir Les Pierres Dorees 2017 (£13.99, TheDrinkShop.com) is food friendly, dominated by berry fruit with some soft spicing and strawberry aromas. For a sweeter finish, try Henry Fessy Morgan 2017, packed with cherry and kirsch. It can be served after half an hour in the fridge on warmer days and is a steal at £13.99 from Oddbins.
Another pinot noir, from Nautilus Estate, costs £22 from Amazon, and was made with a match of lamb dishes in mind. Nuances of flavour change from redcurrants to truffles, depending on the main affair. A perfectly balanced wine is Chateau de Poncie, Fleurie Le Pre Roi (The Huntsworth Wine Company £16.50). This is from a blend of four of the finest grapes, and has the lightness associated with Beaujolais.
Crowd-pleasing Ricasoli Brolio Chianti Classico (Amazon, £19.75) is a gentle Chianti that will go with almost anything, for any occasion.
If being green is key, Purato Sicilian wines are organic, vegan friendly and carbon neutral certified. They have a rose and a pinot grigio to offer – the former crisp, bright and refreshing and the latter with plenty of tropical fruit. They cost £8.99/9.99 from Ocado/Budgens.
Rob’s Altos Ibericos, Parcelas De Graciano (£14.99 Waitrose) was smoky, spicy and packed a punch. It is a lovely dark colour, tastes wonderfully smooth and offers cherry flavours throughout.
Rochelle’s Vin de France Cruset rosé, £7.00, Sainsbury’s, is stylishly pale, but has great depth of fresh, fruity flavour.
Yalumba Galway Shiraz (£12.99, Waitrose) had a lovely velvety taste, with soft citrus hints among black berries.