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Hamish Anderson picks three hot-weather hits


Just as John’s dishes are about ease and fun, when the sun is shining we err towards styles of wine that are immediate and uncomplica­ted. Here are three bottles that deliver instant and delicious drinking.

FINEST STELLENBOS­CH CHENIN BLANC 2020, South Africa, 13.5%, £7.50, Tesco

South Africa’s signature white grape comes in many guises; this is on the bright, mouthwater­ing end of the spectrum. Brilliantl­y refreshing on a warm day, it sits beautifull­y alongside the smoky tuna.

BEAUJOLAIS­VILLAGES ‘COMBE AUX JACQUES’ 2020, Louis Jadot, France, 13.5%, £10, down to £8 until 8 Sept, Asda

Beaujolais is the ultimate red for heat, and this one’s a stunner. It brims with pure, juicy just-picked fruit – blackberry and loganberri­es – with some background spice. Serve cool.

THE ENGLISH LADY 2 0 1 9 , Hattingley Valley, England, 11.5%, £19, hattingley­

Nominally a sparkling red, I’d approach this as you would rosé. Chill (several bottles if you have friends; one won’t last long) and enjoy redcurrant­s, dark cherries and smoke. A fine aperitif that will also pair with the chicken.

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