Cheers to summer – an expert guide to “joyful wines”
What you might like to sip this summer.
2 min read
Raise a glass to warmer weather as independent wine merchant The Vintner explores the latest trends in summer wines.
The London-based wine merchant specialises in gathering top wines from small producers across the globe to compile the best 100 for each season. It is one of the suppliers to our Thank You from Coutts loyalty programme.
Company founder Tom Gilbey looks at what you should be sipping this summer.
“The finest wines of the summer perfectly epitomise the mood of the season – light, bright and unfussy. These joyful wines are easy to drink and distinctly pleasurable.
As the days grow longer and the temperature rises, palates start to change. Wine lovers replace heady reds with lighter, juicier whites, characterful rosés and zippy sparkling wines.
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"For a real treat, sample Gusbourne Twenty Thirteen Brut from Ashbourne in Kent – a creamy yet crisp, golden fizz with a fresh fruit flavour."
"Light, Provençal rosés deliver a dose of bright acidity and a deliciously dry flavour. Look for a 2017 Vin de Gris, which sits alongside these coastal French wines."
"Seek out your next summer sip from European wine-producing countries such as Italy, Portugal, Spain, France and even Greece – think refreshingly zingy Alvariñho from Portugal’s Vinho Verde region, or a crisp Cortese from Italy’s Gavi di Gavi."
"Juicy and fruity summer reds are also found in areas such as Spain and Portugal as we embrace bright berry flavours, balanced acidity and a lighter body."
Crisp whites, pale pinks and fruity reds should be on your wine list this summer. And sparkling wines from Kent and Sussex are giving Champagne a run for its money too.
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