Over the summer, we'll be bringing you some of the best recipes to enjoy during the warmer weather. A glass of wine can be the perfect accompaniment to many culinary creations - but how do you choose a bottle which will perfectly compliment your summer foods?
It's actually relatively simple to find the right summer tipple, and there are just a few things which you may wish to consider. While many people automatically reach for the Pimm's during the warmer months, this drinks tastes best with added fruit and can require some preparation. Wine, on the other hand, is a great last-minute choice. As anyone living in the UK will know, the sunshine can be unpredictable and short-lived. If you simply want to stock up on summer wines in preparation for the odd sunny day, than several retailers, such as Marks & Spencer, offer a pre-chosen summer selection case filled wine varieties which are all ideal for warm weather drinking. This can be a great way to make sure you're always prepared for that impromptu summer picnic.
However, if you want to be a little more adventurous, it is also relatively easy to choose summer wines for yourself. Generally, white and rose wines are more popular during the summer months, when chilled drinks are often preferable. However, more recently so-called 'chillable reds' have also made their way into a number of top summertime selections. Lambrusco, a sparkling red from Italy, is a great example.
Whatever grape variety you go for, it is important that summer wines are 'light' and easy to drink. Whilst heavier-bodied bottles might be enjoyable drunk over a long winter evening sat by an open fire, they can offer be too much effort to drink during hot and sticky summer afternoons.
Many summer foods are grilled or served cold, and so have a much lighter flavour. Fresh and fruity wines are the perfect way to compliment this, and summer is a great time to try a wine which is made with a more unusual fruit, such as raspberries or apples. Sparkling wines can often be a great summer choice, especially if you want to add a sense of occasion to summer events, such as a barbecue. Finally, a handy tip in the name of practicality - it can be a good idea to stick to screw-cap bottles. After all, there's nothing worse than arriving at your chosen picnic spot only to discover that you're without a bottle opener.
This is a sponsored post by Marks & Spencer.