The perfect summer is littered with visiting friends for BBQ’s and casual suppers. Catching up with friends with the added benefit of not having to cook is just the best. All you have to do is to choose what to wear and turn up with a decent bottle (or two!) of wine! The only question is which summer wine to take?
Never worry. Our resident wine expert, Tori Locke, is here to share her top Ten wines to take to a BBQ/summer supper for under £15! (And of course for the decadent amongst you she has added one stunner to splash out on!)
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You can’t go wrong in my book if you knock on the door with a chilled bottle of bubbles in hand!
Molmeti Celot Prosecco Old Butchers Wine Cellar, Cookham, £12.99 is one of the best bottles of Prosecco I’ve EVER had, fresh and full of flavour it knocks the socks off standard supermarket Prosecco.
Bird in Hand sparkling Pinot Noir -Waitrose £11.99 currently, hails from the cooler Adelaide Hills region of Australia. It is a gorgeous delicate pink and packed full of fresh summer berry flavours whilst still being refreshingly dry.
Champagne Castelnau Brut NV, Amazon, around £30. So yes, I know that this breaks the brief of under £15, but it’s such a stunning Champagne and for only £30 I couldn’t resist! Baked apples and ripe raspberries mingle harmoniously with baguettes fresh from the oven. A delicate savoury note makes this an amazing food champagne!
Choosing a wine to please everyone doesn’t mean you have to be boring, so step away from the Pinot Grigio and try one of these corkers!
Gavi Di Gavi – Aldi £6.99 is great for sipping but equally wonderful with most summer dishes! Lots of ripe peach, zingy lemon with a hint of smoke, it’s a must try!
Le Pierrier de la Chapelle Sancerre is available from most Co-op branches £14.99. A wonderful and surprisingly well priced Sancerre, crunchy apple, cut grass and lemon zest mingle with a chalky minerality. Personally I’d buy two, one to take and one to keep all to yourself! It’s beautiful with fish, seafood, salads, chicken, goats cheese, the list is endless!
here is a link for a bottle shot as co-op don’t list all of their wines online
Inama Soave Classico Majestic Wine £13.99 (mix six) is a firm favourite in our house and every house we’ve taken it to! This is a rich full flavoured wine, with a zippy acidity and a creamy finish, there isn’t much this wine can’t do!
Framingham Classic Riesling The Tasting House, Reading, £14.50. A wonderful example of New Zealand Riesling, expect mandarin and peach flavours complimented by a laser like acidity, this off dry wine will be a great choice if you know the host is serving something a little spicy!
Rosè has come a long way from the cloyingly sweet wines of our youth, there is a whole spectrum of Rosè to try, but here is a great one to start with!
Black Cottage Marlborough Rosè Majestic Wine £10.99 (mix six). Crisp and dry with plenty of ripe cherry and raspberry fruit, it has a delicate spice to keep things interesting. Every barbecue’s best friend, I dare you to say you don’t like Rosè after trying this!
Lighter styles of red wine are perfect for summer, make sure you chill them for 30 minutes before serving!
Quinta Milu La Bicicleta Rioja Fine Wine to Me £14.50, a much lighter style of Rioja. No oak here makes for a fresher more approachable summer red, lots of black plum, violets and cassis. Just as good with a curry as with the perfect burger!
Carlin De Paolo Grignolino Connaught Cellars, £14.70. The northern Italian region of Piedmont is famous for is wallet busting, powerful Barolo and Barbaresco, but it also produces light, delicate perfumed reds such as this little gem! Wonderful with lighter Asian dishes, or just sipping with friends on a balmy evening.
Les Dauphins Cotes du Rhône Ocado, currently £7.49 on offer. A fantastic wine, it works wonders in all seasons! Bursting with crunchy red cherry, and underripe blackberries this is amazing with lamb! Soft tannins and high acidity make this wine a real crowd pleaser!