As the world opens up once more and the sun slowly emerges for summer, it’s much easier to meet up with friends and enjoy a delicious tipple in the sunshine. Warm afternoons and a refreshing glass of wine are a perfect marriage, but sometimes it’s hard to know what wine to pair with what. This lunchtime wine guide will help you there…
Adding an alcohol twist to the traditional Afternoon Tea is a fantastic way to turn an afternoon catching up with friends into a true occasion. But what wine to choose?
You don’t want something too sweet or heavy, as the scones and delightful cakes of the Afternoon Tea are already taking care of that for you. But likewise, you don’t want something too bitter or strong-tasting that’s going to overwhelm all the flavours of your food.
In this instance, we’d go for a Chardonnay, such as our gorgeous Limited Edition Madeline May. Chardonnay grapes make really harmonious wines that are well-balanced, but complex… designed to compliment your exciting meal but not take centre stage.
When choosing what wine to take on a picnic, you need to go for something that can happily be enjoyed over a couple of hours. From the moment you lay down your rug and unpack your picnic hamper to hours later when the conversation is flowing, the wine you have flowing needs to be enjoyable glass after glass without filling you up or getting you too tipsy.
Something light and refreshing, like a rosé, is the ideal wine to have at a picnic.
It’s also worth considering what food your picnic hamper will carry. If you are setting out a cheese or charcuterie board, a rich red wine is a perfect pairing. Opt for a Pinot Noir or our 2019 Pinot Noir & Rondo combination Nethercote Hill.
When catching up with your friends in summer, there’s nothing more wonderful than a light pasta dish sat in the garden. Reminiscent of Mediterranean evenings or luxury restaurant experiences at your own home, pasta and a perfectly paired glass of wine can be absolute bliss.
Our recommended wine to accompany a pasta meal would be our gold medal award-winning Bacchus. With stunningly complimentary herbaceous notes and a long lasting finish, this wine will bring out all the flavours of your pasta while adding a zesty fresh sensation. While this beautiful Bacchus is evocative of sunshine overseas, it is actually a celebration of English still wine. Grown in our Wiltshire vineyard, as all our varieties are, and perfectly suited to bring out the best of the British soil.
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