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
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.
1 Aldi Exquisite Collection Picpoul de Pinet 2013
Aldi has a few very drinkable inexpensive summery whites including this fresh Picpoul with generous pear fruits. Stockists: Aldi
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
3 Menade Rueda Verdejo 2013 (Organic)
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
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,
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, jnwine.com
6 Sancerre 2012 Domaine Paul Prieur,
Exquisite palate-tingling crisp green fruits with a wonderful dry finish. Stockists: Leopardstown Inn; Mortons, Ranelagh; Molloys; Village, Castleknock; Thomas, Foxrock; Callans, Dundalk Rosé
7 Montesierra Rosado 2013, Somontano, Spain
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
9 Laurent B 2013 Domaine Brusset Côtes du Rhône
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, mitchellandson.com