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 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
2018 PIESPORTER GÜNTERSLAY Riesling Trocken Weingut Lehnert-Veit
Mosel-Saar-Ruwer Germany 12% White
Gunterslay is right up at the top pf the slope at 220m, just below the forest, and on pure Devonian slate gravels. The poor soil and altitude make for a light and mineral expression, dry and both delicate and intense.L&S
2020 GOUVEIO Quinta da Romaneira
Douro Portugal 0% White
This wine presents a crystal-like appearance and a lovely light golden color. The intense aroma is fruity, pure, fresh and mineral. On the palate, the attack shows a broad wine that reveals balance, freshness and a long...(read more)Winemaker's notes
2018 CHÂTEAU DE CÉRONS Blanc Graves
Left Bank Bordeaux France 12% White
Sauvignon Blanc, Sauvignon Gris, 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
2019 GRÜNER VELTLINER ESTATE Willamette Valley Illahe Vineyards
Oregon USA 12% White
Crisp, clean and remarkably fresh. This Grüner is a real charmer. With a good nod to the fabulous wines from Austria this has its own personality that shines through. There is good dose of that white pepperiness but...(read more)L&S
2019 RIPPON 'Rippon' Mature Vine Riesling
South Island New Zealand 12% White
Bracing minerals, sliced pears and apples, wet stones and a gently floral edge here. So pure and fresh. The palate has a succulent, powerfully aligned drive of fresh apple and pear flavors with a mouthwateringly fresh st...(read more)James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com
2019 LIRAC Cuvée de la Reine des Bois Blanc Domaine de la Mordorée
Southern Rhône Rhône France 14% White
Clairette, Grenache Blanc, Viognier, Bourboulenc, Marsanne, Picpoul, Roussanne.
A mix of most of the permitted white varieties (mostly Clairette, Grenache Blanc and Roussanne), the 2019 Lirac La Reine Des Bois Blanc is thrilling stuff, and I’d certainly put it up with any of the top Châteauneu...(read more)Jeb Dunnuck, www.jebdunnuck.com
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
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