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"Wine Labels Decoded: What to Look for When Buying Summer Wines” 

When selecting a summer wine, we generally prioritise attributes that align with warm-weather enjoyment. Summer wines are often chosen for their crisp and invigorating qualities. We look for wines that feel light and fresh on the palate, providing a cooling sensation, wines with higher acidity are typically more refreshing, as they deliver a zesty and clean finish. Descriptors like “tangy”, “zesty”, or “lively” are appealing. We should seek wines with vibrant fruit flavors. In summer, this can mean citrus, tropical fruits (like pineapple or mango), or berries. Descriptors such as “juicy”, “fruity”, or “floral” are attractive. Summer wines should have a flavour profile that isn’t too heavy or overpowering. Light floral aromas and subtle, nuanced flavors are preferred over bold or intense profiles. Wines that are enjoyable when chilled are perfect. We can look for recommendations on serving temperature on the label or in reviews. Phrases like “serve chilled” or “best enjoyed cold” are reassuring. We need versatile wines that can be served in various settings – from picnics and barbecues to poolside lounging. Lower to moderate alcohol content (typically between 11-13%) is preferred.  

Wine in Summer

Wine labels can be complex, but understanding the key elements can simplify the selection process. One of the most important information on the label is “producer/winery name” which is the name of the company or vineyard that produced the wine. “Varietal or type of wine” which indicates the grape variety used (e.g. Chardonnay, Rosé, Sauvignon Blanc). “Region”, the geographical area where the grapes were grown (e.g. Napa Valley, Bordeaux, Marlborough). “Vintage”, the year the grapes were harvested. This can influence the wine's characteristics (every year is different). “Alcohol Content”, usually listed as a percentage, it indicates the strength of the wine. “Appellation”, sometimes specific sub-regions within a broader region, often indicating quality standards in the particular country (e.g. AOC, DOC, AVA). Additional terms, terms like "Reserve", "Estate Bottled", or "Old Vines" may appear, often hinting at quality or production methods. 



Sweetness levels are very important, look for labels indicating “off-dry” or “medium sweet”. For dry wines, terms like “dry” or "crisp" are common. Most of the time sweeter grapes start their journey as grapes typically used for dry wines. Winemaking is a fascinating process, grapes can be transformed from dry grapes into delightful sweet wines, offering a new perspective on the favourite varieties. Fermentation is a biological process in which microorganisms like yeast and bacteria convert sugars into alcohol, gases, or acids. When grapes fermented completely, they produce wines that showcase the pure, unadulterated flavours of the grape without the sweetness.  

Summer wines are generally lighter, more refreshing, and suitable for warm weather. Grapes like Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Albariño, Riesling, and Chenin Blanc are great. Our ‘Fioroso Pinot Grigio’ from Northern Italy is a well-made light-bodied dry wine with subtle peach and melon flavours enlivened with plenty of freshness and a touch of spice on the finish. The wine is great in summer, can be drunk as an aperitif, goes with light food, fish, white meat, cheese or fruity desserts.

Pino Grigio

Roses are generally versatile, offering a balance of fruit and acidity. Our ‘Chevalier d'Anthelme Cellier des Chartreux Rosé’ from Rhône Valley is full of red-fruit like cherry, blackcurrant, blackberry, strawberry and notes of caramel. It’s fresh and fruity on the palate, with intense mineral core and notes of crunchy grape. Perfect as an aperitif, with bbq, salads with fruit (grapes, strawberries), cheese platters or fruity desserts.

Rose wine

Light reds like Pinot Noir, Gamay, Italian red grapes like Barbera or Dolcetto are fantastic too. Some benefit with chilling! Our Bedin Merlot from Treviso in Italy can be served chilled. Giving aromas of blackberry, plum, black cherry, prunes and figs, violet on the finish. Great as an aperitif, bbq lamb, game, venison, cheese or chocolate desserts. 



Summer is a season that awakens our senses and stirs our souls. As the days stretch longer and the sun casts its golden glow, we are invited into a world of warmth, colour, and boundless possibilities. For many, summer is synonymous with freedom and joy. It’s a time for breaking away from the routine and embracing a more relaxed, carefree pace. School’s out, vacations are planned, and there’s a sense of adventure in the air.  

Everywhere you look, there's a vibrant explosion of life and color. Wine is a perfect company.

Have a great summer! 


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