With rising temperatures and holidays on all our minds, here is a short-list of summer wines that won’t let you down. Selected for quality, price and occasion; I have enjoyed tasting them all and will be tasting as many of them as I can again over the next few weeks!
The expected gooseberry flavours but with a layer of summer fruits that make this an ideal easy-drinking great value pink wine. Party by the pool wine that goes very well with lots of chatter and a clatter of snacks.
Everything you need from a rosé including those bright summer fruit flavours and a refreshing clean pleasant finish. Very good value at this price point.
A very pleasant mixture of vanilla from the oak and round honey and nutty flavours. Pairs easily with salads, grilled vegetables. Excellent value.
The Wine Society, £8.95
A good cold dry fresh Viognier from the Languedoc. Very nice clean finish that keeps you coming back for more. Perfect lip-smacking aperitif! I imagine is best accompanied by Baroque classical music for a balance of pace.
Majestic, £9.99 a bottle or £7.99 when buying any 6 bottles.
Luis Cerdeira is the enigmatic winemaker at Soalheiro creating a diverse range of wines that show off what is possible in this mountainous area. Lively floral and grapefruit aromas expanding in the mouth to include peach and apple. Clean, fresh and zesty wine. The winery in Vinho Verde sits on the border staring across into Spanish Galicia. Soalheiro is one of the top winemakers in northern Vinho Verde, so well worth the money if you are keen to savour the flavour.
The Whisky Exchange, £16.95
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Made from Burgundian clones this is a lovely Chardonnay from the chalky Kent countryside. Apple and pear aromas but with a touch of tropical flavour to taste. The acidity keeps it fresh and lean. Great wine. If, for whatever reason, you haven't for a while, this could be a great opportunity to sit back and think of England!
Harvey Nichols & Robeson Wine, £18.50 - £17.00 respectively.
The Soave region produces such exceptional wines from the terrific Garganega grape variety. Try the Inama Vigneti di Foscarino Soave Classico 2016 and you’ll relish the mix floral and almond flavours and distinct mineral character. The latter could be derived from the volcanic slopes where the grapes are grown or it could just be the romance. See what you think!
Waitrose Cellar, £19.99
More suggestions on the way for the holiday period including summer reds and sparklers.
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Soave: volcanic wines with elegance and longevity
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