Best of The Summer Wine

Each month FoodieFriends brings you the lowdown on the best collection of seasonal red, white and rose wines from around the world. This month we bring you traditional European wine favourites from France, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Germany. Renowned for being a little lower in alcohol, lighter and fresher on the palate than other parts of the world, Europe produce ideal wine for summer drinking.

Savour the sunshine and relax with these refreshing summer wines and spritzers. Starting with the Campo Viejo Viura-Tempranillo Blanco,  from leading supermarkets Boost your wit this new fruity white from Spain’s leading Rioja distillery. This is a refreshing blend of citrus flavours from the Tempranillo Blanco grape, which complements the floral viura grape. This fresh white is perfect with Mediterranean or Spanish dishes and salads.

Lambrini So Strawberry is a new addition this summer to add a little sparkle to your day. This light zesty fizz is only 71 calories per 125ml glass and is bursting with fruity flavours. To create the perfect summers day cocktail, add ice to a 125ml wine glass, add 25ml elderflower cordial and combine with 4 chopped strawberries and Lambrini So Strawberry. This has to be the alternate girly drink on a warm summers day.

Pinot Grigio, Delle Venessie from Northern Italy is from Tesco. This is a fresh and zippy white wine, easy on the pallet, with notes of lime, peach and apricot. Ideal with Italian pasta dishes such a creamy carbonara.

Sparkling Raspberry Cocktail: Dissolve 50g of caster sugar in 50ml water in a small pan over a gentle heat, then bring to the boil and simmer for 1 minute, before setting aside to cool. Puree 300g of fresh British raspberries in a blender, then stir in half the juice of a lemon. Push the raspberry mixture through a sieve into a jug and mix with the sugar water. Add 4 tbsp. of vodka, divide into 4 wine glasses and top up with 400ml of prosecco and garnish with fresh raspberries.

If you’re looking for a sophisticated yet affordable white wine, Petit Chablis Burgundy,  from Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference collection, is a remarkable French wine from the Chablisienne in Chablis. Boasting raw unoaked flavours this is truly delicious.

Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett,  from Sainsbury’s is a delicate, rather dry white wine from Germany. This has to be one of the most stunning aperitif whites available from the supermarket this summer. Aperitif is served before a meal the stimulate the appetite and is best dry.

Toro Loco Utiel-Requena from Spain is from Aldi has to the best of the affordable reds this year. With a perfect summery blend of raspberry and cherry with a smooth velvet texture with the same grape that produces Rioja, this is a real winner.

Gamay, Vin de Pays de L’Ardeche, £6 from M&S is a beautiful French red. Feather light with notes of raspberry, this stunning red is made from the Beaujolais, Gamay grape. Ideal chilled with fish or spicy dishes. Similarly, the Chinon Domaine du Colombier, Loire, £7 from Sainsbury’s is also perfect chilled. Boasting red berry fresh notes. Chinon is made from the cabernet franc grape with delicious fruity character.

Last but not least the Chiaretto Rose, Monferrato, £7.50 from M&S is a bargain for a tart cherry bursting Italian rose, with a punching raspberry finish. Ideal with ice and accompanied with Indian or marinade BBQ dishes. Similarly, the M&S La Fleur d’Amelie Rose, Bordeaux from France is a delicious feather light with lingering fragrance. This delightful rose has a subtle recurrent scene with a citrus white wine freshness making it ideal for garden parties. See our Refreshing Wines And Spritzers.