Tastes differ as to what reds go down best in the summer, but as a light fruity wine, Beaujolais works very well indeed. The wine is often served slightly chilled, and one wine expert has gone as far to describe it as a white wine that happens to be red!

The wine is made from the gamay grape grown in the Beaujolais region, just to the south of Burdundy. Although the wine is not terribly fashionable nowadays, don’t let that put you off. There are twelve main appellations and ten crus, not to mention the lightest, fruitiest, and very young, Beaujolais Nouveau.