Thursday, 29 June 2017

Red and rosé wines for summer

If you are looking for a light red wine for summer choose one from Europe. These wines tend to have a lower alcohol content that those from countries such as Australia and Chile. And, good news if you are watching your figure, they tend to contain fewer calories as well.

Whether you like a glass of dry, fruity rosé on a hot summer’s night or a light red, here are three that I have tried and enjoyed. They are all 12.5% ABV

St-Nicolas de Bourgueil, Les Rouillères, 2015, Frédéric Mabileau, £15.50, Berry Bros. & Rudd (
An elegant, easy-to-drink wine saturated with red berry flavours infused with a hint of leafiness and just the right amount of freshness. This cabernet franc works really well with food. Perfect for barbecues.

Reuilly Rouge, Les Pierres Plates, 2015, Denis Jamain £14.95, Berry Bros. & Rudd (
Bursting with the tang of raspberries, cherries and red currants laced with a touch of earthiness,  this gorgeous silky-smooth pinot noir is extremely quaffable. Lovely on a hot summer’s night, or indeed at any time, this is a real palate pleaser.

Waitrose Provence Rosé 2016 Côtes de Provence, South of France £8.99, Waitrose
A glass of Provence rosé is, for me, the epitome of summer. It conjures up memories of many a happy time spent in this region. Waitrose worked with one of the best-known negociants in Provence to produce this gem. A grenache/cinsault fused with a smattering of cabernet sauvignon, it fills the palate with mouth-watering fruit. Delicious. 

By Daralyn Danns