John Wilson's top 20 wines for summer

From palate-tingling whites to elegent reds and everything in between, John Wilson has a summer wine to suit your taste and budget

Sat, Jul 19, 2014, 01:00

It may be tempting fate to bring up the subject of summer wines, but as I write, we are enjoying yet another wonderful sunny day. 

Warmer weather certainly calls for a different style of wine.

As a general rule, look out for wines that are lower in alcohol, lighter in texture and body, and higher in acidity.

Unless you are eating, it is a good idea to avoid oaked wines.

This goes for reds and rosé, as well as white wines. Below are 20 wines to keep you refreshed throughout the summer months.


Picpoul wine1 Aldi Exquisite Collection Picpoul de Pinet 2013
13% €9.99
Aldi has a few very drinkable inexpensive summery whites including this fresh Picpoul with generous pear fruits. Stockists: Aldi



Olive branch wine

2 The Olive Branch Semillon Sauvignon, South Australia 2013,
12%, €11.99 for July
Attractive crisp, fresh, zesty dry white with light green fruits. Stockists: O’Briens



Menade wine

3 Menade Rueda Verdejo 2013 (Organic)
13%, €14.65
A big, smiling mouthful of ripe pear and pineapple fruits, balanced by racy citrus acidity. Stockists: Le Caveau Kilkenny; MacGuinness, Dundalk; Fallon & Byrne; Clontarf Wines


Giel Riesling wine

4 Geil Riesling Trocken Rheinhessen 2013, 

12% €16.50
Fresh and spritzy with delicate apple fruits. Summer in a glass. Stockists: 64wine, Glasthule; Sweeneys, Glasnevin; Clontarf Wines; independent wine shops



5 Bellier Cheverny 2013, 
12.5% €15.35/£10.30
It shouldn’t work but it does: a blend of Sauvignon and Chardonnay from the Loire with lifted grassy aromas, fresh green fruits and a lovely zippy finish. Very enjoyable wine. Stockists: James Nicholson,

6 Sancerre 2012 Domaine Paul Prieur,
13% €23-24
Exquisite palate-tingling crisp green fruits with a wonderful dry finish. Stockists: Leopardstown Inn; Mortons, Ranelagh; Molloys; Village, Castleknock; Thomas, Foxrock; Callans, Dundalk Rosé


Montesierra wine7 Montesierra Rosado 2013, Somontano, Spain
13.5% €11.90
Plump, ripe summer fruits with plenty of body – a real crowd-pleaser. Stockists: La Touche Wines; Clontarf Wines, Jus de Vine, Sweeneys, 64Wine, The Cheese Pantry; The Black Pig




8 Delheim Pinotage Rosé, 2013, Stellenbosch,
12.5% €12.99 or two for €19.40
Ample rounded fresh strawberry fruits with clean crisp acidity; great party wine. Stockists: O’Briens


Laurent B wine9 Laurent B 2013 Domaine Brusset Côtes du Rhône
13% €15.49
Lovely medium-throttle textured strawberry fruits. This is a great lunchtime wine and the perfect accompaniment to Provençal fish dishes and salads. Stockists: Mitchell & Son, CHQ, IFSC and Glasthule,

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