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Perfect pairings: 5 Summer wines for foodie feasts

Bored of your go-to supermarket white but not sure what to serve at all those summer dos? Let local wine expert Leanne Olivier from Cru Wines play personal sommelier.

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Timo Vermentino

Perfect for: Fish & Chip suppers

Vermentino is a grape variety that likes to live by the sea. So, it’s no surprise that this easy drinking Italian Vermentino is perfect for a sunny beach day! An elegant, mineral-fresh, crisp white wine with herbaceous notes that screams to be drunk with friends. Absolutely perfect with any kind of seafood…including fish and chips.

  • £13.49 per bottle instore at Cru or online with free local delivery
  • 12.5% ABV
  • Suitable for vegetarians and vegans

Candide, Babylonstoren, South Africa

Perfect for: Garden grazing

If you plan on chilling in the garden after work with a crisp and refreshing glass of white, look no further! Candide is a refreshing, South African white blend with fresh, fruit-driven aromas and peach, lime, and litchi tropical flavours. It’s perfect for gifting too as the bottle design is very classy. I’d recommend a trip over the border to The Newt in Somerset to grab a bottle & take in the beautiful gardens, (The Newt in Somerset is the sister site of the Babylonstoren vineyard in South Africa). But if you aren’t heading that way, you can also grab a bottle in Bradford on Avon.

  • £11.79 per bottle at The Newt, £11.99 per bottle at Cru Wines
  • 13.5% ABV
  • Suitable for vegetarians
Cru Owner Leanne knows a thing or two about wines and fizz

Ile de Beauté Rosé, Corsica, France 

Perfect for: Parties & BBQs

On a warm day it’s tempting to reach for the ever-predictable Provence rosé, but as I was picking up a few bits in M&S for a friend’s BBQ, I was drawn in by this lovely pale salmon colour and a beautifully styled bottle. Ile de Beauté rosé is a very refreshing, bone-dry wine and with beautiful white peach notes. It’s got a little more flavour than your average supermarket rosé which makes it a perfect choice for aperitifs and BBQs and as it’s an all-round crowd pleaser, you might want to pick up two!

  • £66 for a case of 6 online
  • 11.5% ABV
  • Suitable for vegetarians and vegans

Kayra Rosé, Aegean, Turkey

Perfect for: Cheese Boards

We recently ran a rosé wine tasting at Cru Wines, so it would seem foolish to not mention the standout favourite of the night! Kayra rosé has a delicate pink hue and wonderfully subtle tones of rose petals and strawberries. It’s just off dry, which automatically made most people “think” they wouldn’t like it, however, once they took a sip, they were all bowled over by how deliciously moreish this stand out rosé is! This wine is perfect with a halloumi & couscous salad or instead of a dessert wine, at the end of the evening, with a cheese board and fig jam!

  •  £16.99 per bottle instore at Cru or online with free local delivery
  • 11.5% ABV
  • Suitable for vegetarians and vegans

Caves Fonjoya Big Buzz, Languedoc, France

Perfect for: Anything you’d drink red with

It may be summer, but it doesn’t mean you have to ditch the reds entirely! The Big Buzz is made by the Caves Fonjova cooperative which brings together enterprising vine growers and wine makers who have a commitment to use sustainable wine making practices. I fell in love with this bottles story and label before I even drank the wine! Luckily the wine’s great too; a grenache noir which is light bodied and full of flavour. Fresh and juicy red fruits and notes of blueberry pancakes! Delicious!

While I’m talking about reds, I recommend you generally try lighter styles in hot weather, like wines from the Beaujolais region made with Gamay grapes, or wines made with the Covina grape such as Bardolino or Valpolicella. Other grapes that suit warmer weather drinking are Grenache Noir, Pinot Noir or Cinsault.

  • £10.99 per bottle instore at Cru or online with free local delivery 
  • 13% ABV
  • Suitable for vegetarians and vegans

Expert Tip: How to make sure your wine is at optimum temperature

It’s tempting to over chill wines in the summer, but when wines are too cold it can mute their flavours which will greatly influence the acidity, sweetness and structure of the wine. 7-12 degrees is the perfect temperature for most white wines and 10-13 degrees for rosé. These temperatures are slightly warmer than your fridge, so try taking your wines out for 20 mins before you serve.

Leanne Oliver is the owner of Cru Wines in Bradford on Avon

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