Sensational Summer Whites
With the June bank holiday this weekend, Summer is finally here, andthat 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 at 3 for the price of 2 (Mix & Match) all summer long.
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.
Made with Austria’s signature grape variety, Rabl Grüner Veltliner Löss (€12.66 down from €18.99 as part of our 3 for 2 promotion), 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!
From the Marche region of central Italy we have, Albiano Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico DOC (€9.99 down from €14.99 as part of our 3 for 2 promotion). What's not to love about this wine! Refreshing citrus fruits, zesty acidity and complex minerality are the hallmarks of this varietal and, when well-made like this example, it's one of the very best whites Italy produces. Serve alongside Linguini with Clams for a match made in Heaven.
A mediterranean classic, Domaine du Roc Blanc Picpoul de Pinet(€10.66 down from €15.99 as part of our 3 for 2 promotion), has an intense, complex nose which reveals notes of cool pear, citrus, honey and white flowers. Flavoursome and lively on the palate, it finishes with a remarkable crisp freshness.
A Classic Albariño, Contrapunto (€12.33 down from €18.49 as part of our 3 for 2 promotion), has citrus and floral aromas, with a touch of stone fruit. On the palate it displays a mouth-filling fruity character perfectly balanced with the vibrant zingy acidity. It's easy to see why Albariño is now one of Ireland's favourite grape varieties.
Wine tastes move in cycles and just now, Muscadet, the 70's classic is making quite a comeback. Domaine de la Chauvinière (€9.33 down from €13.99 as part of our 3 for 2 promotion), is a single-estate Muscadet Sur-Lie which has great ripeness to the fruit but remains deliciously crisp and dry. This is the perfect aperitif/seafood wine.