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What is it about sunshine and warm weather that Hoping that this really will be a BBQ Summer, suggests some perfect outdoors wines.
 Is there anything better than lounging around outdoors on a beautiful sunny day, the sizzle of a BBQ, with a bottle of something cool, refreshing, and gorgeous chinking in an ice bucket? But what to drink? Fizz? White? Rosé? Or perhaps a good red to go with those burgers & steak?
I suspect for many people the immediate choice will be a Rosé, the sales of which continue to grow year-on-year, helped perhaps by the star-name associations which started with the unlikely Cliff Richard many years ago, made serious headway when Brad & Angelina launched their Provencal Miraval, and now headed by Kylie Minogue, who sold an amazing one million bottles of her range in the first eight months since launching last year, her Pink Prosecco now being the number one Prosecco Rosé brand in the UK!
Serious wine buffs have always said that the best Rosés come from the Southern French region of Provence. Perhaps they’re right, but in our opinion there are too many pale, bland so-so Provencal rosés out there, and the good ones are overhyped and over-priced. Our suggestion is to look elsewhere, outside of France even, for better value. Great taste at a value price has always epitomised wines from the Rioja region of Spain, and two recommendations are Adnams’ Coral de Peñascal Ethical Rosé (£10.99) and the Rosado produced by the highly regarded Bodegas Muga (£10.99 Waitrose Cellar), both made using the Tempranillo grape which gives the
necessary oomph to cope with smoky, charred BBQ food while still providing the strawberry tones usually associated with rosés. Another flavour-packed red grape successfully used to make pink wine in Italy (they call it Rosato there) is Primitivo, and the Borgodei Primitivo Rosato (£8.99 Waitrose) would be welcomed at most BBQs. If it’s a less in-your-face taste that you’re after, then go really off-piste and try the rose-petal and lemon balm aromas of Myrita Moschofilero Assyrtiko Rosé (£10..0 M&S) from the Peloponnese region of Greece. Try saying that after a glass or two!.
Acidity is what’s needed to cope with char- grilled food, be it meat, fish or vegetables.Without it the fat and oil in the food or associated dressings overpower the too subtle flavours in wines without a good hit of acidity. Portugal’s Vino Verde, literally “green (meaning young) wine,” is a splendid white wine to drink on a lovely summer day; lots of acidity, not absolutely bone-dry (although people tend not to notice that) with flavours of tangerine, prickly pear and lemon. A popular favourite at the wonderful Enomatic machine in Bury’s Vino Gusto so you can try it before risking a whole bottle, is Chin Chin Vino Verde (£12.00 Vin Gusto), an excellent alternative to the ubiquitous Sauvignon Blanc, and a funky label too! Two other white grape varieties that are picking up lots of good reviews at the moment are Vermentino and Grüner Veltliner. Sometimes known in Provence as Rolle
(not a name that inspires), Vermentino is at its best either from the South West Italian region of Campania, or in what many rate its true homeland Sardinia.With its zesty, fresh flavours of grapefruit and lime, it’s a perfect wine to quaff in the sun. Try the crisp, great value Voyage au
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