White wine styles are varied and diverse, meaning there is more than enough choice to please. Whether it’s for an aperitif, palate cleanser, or after work drink then crisp, dry styles just work; Vinho Verde, French Sauvignon, Picpoul de Pinet will all refresh. To support a good conversation and light foods, then Albariño and Gavi should not be forgotten. Chardonnay is one of the most widely planted grape varieties, easy to cultivate and adaptable to different conditions. Wines from Sauvignon Blanc grapes are always popular, depending on where they are grown they can vary from mineral to cut grass to intensely tropical. Richer styles of white wines with which to enjoy full-flavoured foods include Chenin, Viognier or Spanish styles. White wine is no one trick pony.
Red wine is made using the juice and skin colour of red grapes. It hails from all over the wine making world and there are many hundreds of different varieties suitable for making wine. France is famed for its red wines (as well as its whites) produces some of the finest examples of wines from many grapes you will be well aware of, such as Merlot, Grenache, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Pinot Noir. Italy is known for full-bodied reds from grapes such as Nero d’Avola, and Barbera. Spain has a higher acreage of vineyards than France or Italy but has a lower yield, with its famed grape being Tempranillo. Add to that the great wines being made in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, Chile and Argentina and there’s an incredible variety of red wine.
Our Rosé sales are consistent throughout the year proving it’s enjoyed all year round. Every winemaking country makes Rosé and from many different grape varieties, meaning there is something for every occasion and taste. Provence Rosé is enjoying high demand at the moment, not only because of its pretty pale pink hue, but because it’s so easy to enjoy; with it's light, dry, and delicate berry flavours. So popular is this style that Rosé from other countries are emulating the look and taste, so if it’s the real deal or perhaps a more pocket-friendly alternative you can find it here. Just launched this year is Rosé from a can, a convenient serve that focuses on fun rather than formality, and, the wine inside is so good, you’ll need to keep re-stocking your fridge.
The enthusiasm for sparkling wine continues and with more progression in this category, we are really seeing some stars shine through. English Sparkling is just so good at the moment and with techniques from the Champagne region on English terroir in play, we have a real diversity we should celebrate. The seriously underrated Cava for summer picnics and tapas style food and the popular Prosecco, perfect for parties continue to be in vogue. Never underestimate wonderful Champagne, too good to be saved just for special occasions.
All too often dessert and fortified wines are a category which get left on the shelf, underrated and under-utilised. Fortified wines are so popular in Europe, Sherry being enjoyed with lemonade as long drink, chilled Tawny Port is served as a summer staple, and don’t get me started on their incredible food pairing and cocktail abilities. ‘Stickies’, a common nickname for dessert wines, are made using grapes that are high in sugar because the water in the grape has been removed either by drying it, freezing it or from a prized and much desired natural rot called Botrytis. There are not many wines out there which are the result of such unique climactic conditions, have the same care and attention in the vineyard and winery and offer the same level of richness and complexity.
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