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?
2019 SOAVE CLASSICO Montesei Le Battistelle
Veneto Italy 12.5% White
Garganega, Trebbiano di Soave.
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
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
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
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
2019 RIESLING Traditionale Pikes Polish Hill River Estate
South Australia Australia 11% White
I always find it easy to write tasting notes for the great, dry Rieslings from Pikes and this 2019 is a top-class example of their epic, lime pith-imbued, insanely tight and resonant wines. These are electrifying brillia...(read more)Matthew Jukes, Moneyweek
2018 OSTREA Vernaccia Di San Gimignano Mormoraia
Tuscany Italy 13.5% 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
Viura, Jaén Blanca, Malvasía Riojana (Alarije).
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
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, Sémillon, Sauvignon Gris.
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 LE G DE GUIRAUD Bordeaux Blanc Château Guiraud
Left Bank Bordeaux France 14% White
Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon.
These are always enticing and ultimately rewarding wines to drink and the 2019, the result of a slightly warmer yet balanced vintage, is no exception. In fact that extra touch of ripeness pushes forward the ripe citrus,...(read more)L&S
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