As the weather warms up, thoughts inevitably turn to light nights, lazy barbecues - and the perfect bottle of summer wine.
Whilst winter conjures up images of curling up under a blanket with a good glass of merlot, the best summer wines are altogether lighter – and whiter.
Here our food director Jane Curran picks her favourite summer wines that are perfect for warmer days…
Great value, lower alcohol (9%), light and fruity with a little spritz – it makes a great aperitif wine. Made in Portugal from young green grapes, it has a refreshing acidity.
From cool-climate Elgin in South Africa. It’s limey and delicately floral, perfect with fish and Asian dishes. It’s different in flavour and acidity from a German Riesling and oozes elegance, with just 10.5% alcohol
We drink so much Sauvignon from New Zealand, we’ve neglected those from its home in France’s Loire Valley. Hints of elderflower and good acidity, perfect with roast chicken
This southern Italian white from Campania won gold and a “great value” trophy at the international Wine Challenge in 2016. Full of lemon and grapefruit flavours, it’s perfect with seafood or fishy pasta dishes
Chenin has made its second home in South Africa. This is bursting with zesty grapefruit flavours with a touch of tropical fruits. A delicious aperitif or just as good with lighter foods
This Albarino hails from New Zealand, not Spain. It’s light and citrus with hints of peaches, limes and melon. This would be great with salmon, chicken or recipes that need a white wine with body