I don't know about you, but since the warm weather arrived, our red wine consumption has decreased dramatically! So that's a good thing right? Well yes, except it's been replaced by a renewed love of white wine and rosé. Here are two of our current favourites, both with a summery lightness making them perfect apéritifs or as an accompaniment to seafood.
Picpoul de Pinet
Close to the Mediterranean Sea in the Languedoc region of France, the Picpoul grape is renowned for producing crisp, dry white wines with a zingy freshness, perfect for warm summers. Picpoul is great on its own but also pairs extremely well with shellfish and many other types of seafood. Now found in most large supermarkets (look out for the distinctive narrow green bottle) with good examples for around £9 - fantastic value!
Mirabeau en Provence
Provence, in our view, produces some of the best examples of rosé wine, particularly if you like the delicately light, pale-coloured variety. Mirabeau en Provence is run by an ex-pat British family, and offers a small range of fine rosé wines, including a sparkling version, all of which are deliciously light and fresh. So far, we've tried the Mirabeau Classic and the Mirabeau Étoile and we love both, either as an apéritif or with seafood. You can now find Mirabeau wines in many large UK supermarkets, ranging from £9 for the 'Classic' to £15 for the 'Étoile'. We can't wait to try the rest!
Happy summer holidays!