Best White Wines For Summer Drinking
We've handpicked a selection of interesting white wines which we think are just great at this time of year – the kind of white wine you’d like to hand, in a glass with light condensation, on a crisp linen tablecloth, as you contemplate the antipasti, primi and fish options at the River Café - but would equally be enjoyed at home in your own garden or on the beach, with or without food.
Rather than focusing on White Burgundy, other Chardonnay, and Sauvignon, these are whites that you might not think of at first, but they will surprise and delight you - and not just because of your own clever wine buying skills - but because they entertain the palate in an excitingly different and refreshing way.
What about Beaujolais & Rosé too?
2020 SUAVIS Vernaccia Di San Gimignano Mormoraia
Tuscany Italy 13% White
Always so fresh and bright with nectarine, lime and almond blossom aromas and flavours. Persistent with lovely fresh fruit weight in the mouth, citrus and stone fruit, just a touch of fresh almond. The acidity lifts the...(read more)L&S
2019 MANTINIA Moropoulous
Mantinia Greece 13% White
To say we are excited about having our very own Greek white is an understatement, we are beside ourselves about this beauty. Fragrant with notes of grapefruit, lime and honeysuckle. In the mouth there is a delicious pith...(read more)L&S
2017 LADERAS DE LEONILA Mencia Màquina y Tabla
Bierzo Spain 13.5% Red
Another totally uplifting wine from Oriol, this is beautifully scented with damson and rhubard notes, scrubby herbs and spice. Lithe and sleek with a gorgeous balance of fresh acid and tender ripe tannins, another immens...(read more)L&S
2018 OSTREA Vernaccia Di San Gimignano Mormoraia
Tuscany Italy 13% White
The vineyard here is laden with bits of ancient oyster shells from the times when this part of Italy was under the sea, and this is where the name Ostrea comes from. As you might hope there is a good mineral line coursin...(read more)L&S
2019 TENTENUBLO Rioja Blanco
Alavesa Rioja Spain 13% White
Malvasía Riojana (Alarije), Viura, Jaén Blanca.
Every bottle of this delicious white is numbered. With just over 6000 bottles made, this is certainly small scale, but it packs an impressively neat punch. Not heavyweight at all, but beautifully intense and bright. Ther...(read more)L&S
2018 CHÂTEAU DE CÉRONS Blanc Graves
Left Bank Bordeaux France 12% White
Sauvignon Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon.
Clean and quite zingy, lifted with mouth-watering freshness, some grassy-edged fruit and lashings of pert grapefruit that lead to a neat finish This gorgeous white Bordeaux comes from vineyards made up of gravel and seas...(read more)L&S
2018 PIETRAINCATENATA Fiano Luigi Maffini
Campania Italy 13.5% White
Denser than the Kratos with great concentration. An almost fleshy nose, loaded with peach and apple fruit. Beautiful bright lift on the palate keeps the energy levels high. Richly fruity, then a mineral line, fresh citru...(read more)L&S
2016 GRÜNER VELTLINER Von Stein Reserve Salomon Undhof
Kremstal Austria 13% White
This really is the Jewel in the Crown. Made from 70 year old vines, it is creamy textured and packed with ripe white and yellow fruit flavours. As ever this is very racy, pure and mineral. There's plenty of texture here,...(read more)L&S
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