First of the Summer wine
Pop a cork – or unscrew the lid – on the best summer wines for barbeques
OK, so the forecast is rain until the end of the year #Britishsummertime but if the sun ever shows its face again, I’ll be out in the garden firing up the BBQ and cracking open a bottle. But a bottle of what? Tim of South Petherton’s new independent wine and spirit shop Tim’s Wines gives his suggestions for the best summer wines to drink with barbecued food…
Steak, burgers, sausages
Seared, juicy meat goes best with fuller flavoured sweeter wines from hot climates, like the deep purple, plummy tasting Australian Elderton Estate Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon (£11.99), the Elderton Estate Shiraz (£19.99) or the French Domaine Coudoulet Syrah (£10.50) – all of which go perfectly with BBQ sauce too.
It’s chardonnay all the way. Try the South African Anthonij Rupert Chardonnay (£11.99), the French medium-bodied un-oaked Chardonnay Domaine F Jourdain (£9.00) or Collovray & Terrier Macon Chardonnay (£14.25).
Fish on the grill? Then how about a crisp Chardonnay (see above), a Chablis – try the Domaine Du Colombier Chablis Grand Cru (£23.00) – or even something sparkling like the French Cremant de Bourgogne (£16.99) or Spanish Raventos Blanc Y Blanc (£17.99). If you’re having sardines, a Southern French white or Spanish Igrexario de Saiar Albariño (£12.99) will hit the spot.
Prawns and shellfish
Enhance the delicate flavour of simply grilled prawns and shellfish with something crisp and white – or rosé. Try a Domaine du Grand Cros Rosé or Domaine d’Estienne Provence Rosé (both £11.99) or push the bateau out with the French Domaine Du Colombier Chablis Grand Cru (£23.00).
Complement the saltiness of the squeaky one with a high acid white like the French Chateau Fontareche Viognier white (£9.75), South African Anthonij Rupert Chardonnay (£11.99) or New Zealand Marlborough Sauvignon from Berry Bros and Rudd (£8.99).
Barbequing intensifies and sweetens the flavour of veggies like red peppers and aubergine brushed with olive oil, so you’ll need something fairly full-flavoured and full-bodied to match – like a Rioja or Tempranillo. Try the juicy La Vendimia Rioja (£12.75), fruity Ribera del Duero Biberius (£12.99) or Berry Bros and Rudd’s Rioja Crianza (£10.25).
Can’t forget Summer fizz…
Prosecco from Treviso: Soligo (£11.99) or Rosato (£9.50). English sparkling wines are giving traditional French Champagnes a run for their money. Excellent West Country versions include Somerset’s Wayford Sparkling Pinot Noir (£25.99), Devon’s Lyme Bay Brut (£19.99) and Hampshire’s Hambledon (£27.99).
Tim’s Wines, 25 St James Street, South Petherton, Somerset TA13 5BS. Tel 01460 242094. timswines.co.uk