Per­fect sum­mer drink­ing what­ever the tem­per­a­ture

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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

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