Charles Lea's Wine List

Wines I Like - Summer

The warmer it gets, the more lighter, brighter wines with good acidity are what I look for, in all colours. Italian white wine often does this brilliantly, but so does the Mantinia and even Frantz Chagnoleau's zippy Macon.

In much the same way, the lighter Blanc de Blancs Champagnes come into their own, either as an appetite-whetting aperitif, or at those long-delayed weddings, where, if the budget will stretch, LEGRAS Blanc de Blancs is a wonderful 'session' Champagne.

For Reds too, juiciness rules, so look at Gamay - many wines which can be served cool, and Pinot Noirs too. Similarly structured wines include the brilliant PELORO Rosso, made from Nerello Mascalese from Gianfranco Sabbatino's 'Casematte' estate on the very north-easterly tip of Sicily, which is both juicy and intense and satisfying.

Weekend treat: The 2021 release of TIO PEPE 'en Rama' Fino

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