With the June bank holiday this weekend and the weather playing its part, it looks like Summer is finally here, and that means we are more likely to be eating lighter foods, cold dishes and salads.
In a wine, this means we should be looking for refreshment, crispness, and juiciness, also because quite often these dishes will tend to be dressed with vinaigrette rather than a sauce, we need to look at wines with relatively high levels of acidity.
Texture and body-wise I would lean toward something juicy and not too heavy, viscous or full-bodied. Lower alcohol wines too are often a better choice, as for many people, the heat accentuates the influence of the alcohol.
And while I have enjoyed many an oaked white wine in summer, my tendency is to go for un-oaked examples, as they usually taste lighter and are easier to drink.
Taking all of this into account, we have put together a stunning set of twelve summer whites, all of which will be available as part of our Buy 1 Get the 2nd ½ price all summer long (Mix & Match).
I have highlighted below just a few of my favourites, but to see the full selection you can go to wine.ie, or even better, why not drop into one of our 32 stores nationwide.
Very much like a good, grassy Sauvignon Blanc, the delicious Monasterio de Palazeulos, is from the Rueda region of Central Spain, and is produced using the local Verdejo grape. Great on its own it makes for a wonderful pairing with simply grilled fish due to its clean crisp profile.
Made with Austria’s signature grape variety, Rabl Grüner Veltliner Löss, is zesty and lively and it tastes a little like a cross between a Sauvignon Blanc and a dry Riesling - it is fresh, crisp and has lots of cool grassy fruit. Try this chilled as an aperitif or alongside fresh shellfish and prepare for a delicious experience!
Domaine Begude Le Bel Ange is made exclusively with organically-grown fruit, this un-oaked Chardonnay is cut with a dash of Chenin Blanc for extra zestiness and minerality. Crisp and fresh, with delicate flavours of pear and apple and with a long mineral finish, this wine works equally well as a stylish aperitif or as a fantastic partner to lighter seafood dishes.
Hand-picked from the Cusumano brother’s own vineyards in Northwest Sicily, the local grape variety, Insolia loves the hot days and cool nights. This helps produce perfectly, ripe fruit while maintaining some great levels of acidity. Citrus fruit and almond on the nose give way to richer stone fruit notes on the palate, try it a with a Risotto Verde for a perfect pairing.