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.
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2019 GRÜNER VELTLINER Klassik Artner
Carnuntum Austria 12.5% White
We are delighted to have met the Artner family who make this brilliant, bright Grüner in the easterly region of Carnuntum. Delicious, pithy green citrus notes hold forth on the attack - and are echoed with a gentle...(read more)L&S
2019 GRILLO Le Casematte
IGP Terre Sicilliane Sicily Italy 12.5% White
Aromatic, preserved lemon, peach fruit, palate is richly textured, stone fruit, quince and aromatic pear, still good acid weight and length.L&S
2019 SOAVE CLASSICO Montesei Le Battistelle
Veneto Italy 12.5% White
Trebbiano di Soave, Garganega.
Bright and clean Soave that totally delivers. Crisp but with no hard edges - no brisk acidity, just a great texture and clean mineral flow. There is no wood used here - but the juice stays on the lees for about 4 months...(read more)L&S
2017 MUSCADET SÈVRE ET MAINE VIEILLES VIGNES Sur Lie Domaine Bruno Cormerais
Loire France 0% White
Melon de Bourgogne.
A wonderfully characterful style from Bruno Cormerais, hints of fennel and tarragon run throughout this wine. Thrillingly pure and crisp, with tangy citrus fruit, it is quenching and enticing in equal measure. A perfect...(read more)L&S
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 PAZO DA MAGA Karma do Sil
Ribeira Sacra Spain 13% White
Now labelled 'Pazo da Maga' after a certain famous Rioja producer thought it sounded too similar to their name, this Godello seems to go from strength to strength. Gorgeously textured, but never too weighty - so bright a...(read more)L&S
2019 GRÜNER VELTLINER Hochterrassen Salomon Undhof
Kremstal Austria 12% White
A refreshing Grüner with lightly peppery white fruit on the nose, bright with citrus and stone in the mouth, and an elegantly clean dry mineral dusted finish. A perfect introduction to the dry Grüner Veltliners...(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
2019 ROUSSANNE L'Imaginaire Domaine des Trinités
Vin de Pays Languedoc-Roussillon France 13% White
Made by Simon Coulshaw of the minimal intervention philosophy. Biodynamic farming although not certified. 100% Roussanne planted on their highest vineyards – a steep north-facing slope in the foothills of the Céve...(read more)Tamlyn Currin
2019 FRIULANO Friuli Colli Orientali Azienda Agricola Visintini
Friuli Venezia Giulia Italy 14% White
2019 SCHIEFER Riesling Trocken Qba Weingut Lehnert-Veit
Mosel-Saar-Ruwer Germany 12% White
This stunner from the Mosel valley has a racy acidity that makes the mouth water, with notes of green apple and stone fruits. This would perfectly accompany spicy Asian dishes or indeed act as a refreshing aperitif.L&S
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