The summer is a great time to drink wine, whether it’s bright and sunny or raining non-stop. But to make the most of the season, it’s a good idea to hunt out wines that suit warmer weather.
Summer wines will generally be lighter than those drunk in the winter. This ‘lightness’ will refer to colour, taste, structure and even alcohol level of the wine. One should be able to have a glass or two of the wine for lunch, without needing to take a snooze in the afternoon.
We often tend to think of summer wines not only as those that suit the weather, but also the first of those made from last year’s grapes. Many summer wines are ‘young wines’.
Ultimately, you can drink whatever wine you like, whenever you want, but these are our suggestions for summer wines. They are often enjoyed during the summer in the countries that they come from. You may not be familiar with all of them, but if you give them a go, we hope you’ll be pleasantly surprised.