Perfect summer drinking whatever the temperature
As we seem determined to enjoy our drinks outdoors during the summer months, our wine should be uncomplicated and refreshing enough to drink unaccompanied by food. Here, rosé wines come into their own. More than a quarter of world production comes from France and the very best of these are produced in Provence. The finest of them, like the Chateau Beaulieu offered here, are made by only exposing the freshly harvested juice to the grape skins for a few hours.
It’s not just rosé that makes an ideal summer drink – a crisp sauvignon blanc can be perfect, along with staple wines from the Liberty List such as their Gavi di Gavi. Liberty is renowned for its superb range of Italian wines but their expertise extends across the globe. The quality of The Hundred Grenache from South Australia is remarkable and given that it is made in such tiny amounts, it almost qualifies as a “Garage Wine”. The weather may tempt us to spend more time outdoors, but there are plenty of stimulating options to drink once the sun has set and it’s time to retire inside. Bruce Palling Wine Editor — The Week Wines