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Wines of Summer

When the sun comes out, many of us instinctively reach for the Provençal rosé or for a glass of Sancerre and with good reason, as the light freshness of these styles are perfect with salads and lighter dishes or for just quenching the thirst on a hot summer’s day. For summer, it is best to seek out wines that have plenty of refreshing acidity and are not heavy on the oak. With reds choose styles that have not too much in the way of tannin (although with a barbecue, some tannin is a good thing). Look out for whites made from crisp aromatic varieties such as Riesling or Sauvignon Blanc, reds from thinner skinned varieties such as Grenache or Pinot Noir (which can often be served lightly chilled) and do not be afraid of slightly darker rosés – they may not look as limpid and appealing in an ice bucket, but having more flavour they are often ideally suited to meat dishes when you simply don’t fancy a red.