15 Recommended Wines for Summer
Summer is here, and come wall-to-wall sunshine or a little cloudy, we know you’ll be enjoying it to the full. Summer usually means more whites and rosés, which can be enjoyed chilled and suit a range of summer meals too. So here are 15 tried and tasted organic wines — including whites, reds, rosés and sparkling — we’d recommend to make the summer months even brighter.
15 Organic Wines for Summer
Starting off this list is Santa Tresa’s Il Grillo Vino Spumante Brut, a top-quality Sicilian fizz made from 100% Grillo grapes. This fine fizz is something a little different to Prosecco and can be enjoyed chilled as a summer party or BBQ starter or on a nice summer evening in. Like Prosecco, pair it with a range of food from summer berries of all kinds, to starters and anitpastis, cheeses and more!
Next on the list is another fizz, this one from Giol in Veneto, their Luisa Rose Merlot Rosato Frizzante. This crisp and summery frizzante rosé has an alluring ruby hue with plenty of red fruit flavours that finish clean and crisp on the palate. A very versatile food wine, and as Giol like to say: “Indeed, when a white wine is not enough for food and a red is simply too much, the answer is often a rosé”.
If you’re looking for a wine to have with seafood, then look no further than this Albariño Pazo de Mirasoles from La Mancha, Spain. Its unique blue bottle also has a label that changes colour once chilled. Albariño is a white varietal grown in northern Spain and Portugal (where its called Alvarinho).
Next is this Sicilian white that also comes in an eye-catching bottle, Cantina Orsogna Terre Siciliane Zibibbo Luna Gaia. Made from Muscat d’Alexandria, which is called Zibibbo in Sicily, this unique biodynamic white is off-dry and very rounded and elegant with enticing mango, peach and nectarine flavours. Pair with charcuterie and soft cheeses.
For the Sauvignon Blanc lovers, Brochet Facile Sauvignon Blanc from Ampelidae in the Loire Valley is fresh, light and pristine with notes of white peach, citrus fruit and just a touch of mango. The perfect partner for goat’s cheese salad, seafood and tomato salads.
Another excellent seafood wine is Petit Roubie’s Picpoul de Pinet, which has wafts of sea breeze mingled with delightful notes of citrus, apple skin and herbs. Hints of peach and exotic fruits make a fleeting appearance too. Brilliant with seafood, especially shellfish.
For something quite unique, go for Domaines Paul Mas’ new ‘Rosorange’, which has already proven to be a great hit with our customers. A subtle blend of a southern French rosé and orange wine together that’s ideal for a range of summer dishes too, like veggie skewers, veggie burgers, chicken, etc.
For another stunning rosé, go for Can Axartell’s Rosado, which is full of Mediterranean character and charms from the sea breeze from the Bay of Pollença. With high aromatic intensity, this wine has notes of wild red fruits and ripe tropical fruits. Pair with grilled salmon, veggie skewers, cheese and more.
Another excellent rosé is Rosé Fruite Les Coquelicots from Domaine de Rousset. This alluring Provence rosé has red berried flavours carried on fresh and crisp acidity. Another excellent wine to pair with salmon, veggie skewers, cheese and more. Also available in magnum size.
Now on to the reds, the Mas de Longchamp IGP Bouches du Rhone Rouge is a refreshingly light red that’s been a hit with our customers for years. A cheerful wine with mellow fruits, soft tannins and refreshing acidity, pair with lighter and darker meats or veggie burgers and sausages.
Next is Albet i Noya’s Petit Albet Red from the Spanish wine-producing region of Penedès, with primary flavours including fresh black fruits and beautiful acidity to balance out the sweetness. It’s a brilliant wine to pair with a wide range of fragrant and spicy foods.
If you haven’t tried Frappato yet, you’re in for a real treat! Santa Tresa’s Frappato has soft tannins and a wild strawberry and cherry character that’s sure to delight. The locals are said to enjoy Frappato chilled with fish, or pair with veggie burgers or sausages.
Another recommended Italian wine is Tenuta San Vito’s Chianti, a superb Chianti that drinks so well with or without food. Pair with pizzas and pastas of all sorts.
Another red is Vina Ijalba’s Rioja Tempranillo, a top-selling Rioja made from 100% Tempranillo. Its popularity is no doubt due to its beguiling raspberry jam character. Velvety smooth from start to finish, pair this organic red with a summer supper any day of the week.
Number 15 is Bodegas Tempore’s Symphony No Added Sulphur Garnacha, a wonderfully pure and fruity Garnacha made with no added sulphur. Its juiciness and velvety smooth mouthfeel make this an ideal BBQ or picnic wine, and it can also be enjoyed lightly chilled.
We hope you’ve enjoyed these ideas for summer wines — there’s certainly no shortage of wines to make the summer months even brighter!