With lovely weather finally upon us, barbecues and summer parties abound. No matter the cause for celebration, the grill is fired up, and the drinks are flowing. Or they should be! Whether you’re attending or hosting a party this summer, it’s always a good idea to have extra wine on hand. Now that it’s so easy to order online and have wine delivered, there’s no excuse not to keep a case at home.
Online shops like Laithwaite’s offer competitive prices and summer-themed cases, making the wine purchasing experience as calm and breezy as a day on the beach. Here are some ideas for stocking your wine rack this season:
Rosés are a perfect pick for warmer months. Much like Goldilocks, rosés have found the spot that’s “just right” – with the refreshing crispness of a white wine, and the weightiness of a red, they’re the perfect wine to sip out on the patio. The price tag of rosés is typically just as appealing. Stock up on rosés and keep everyone happy. Some customer favourites include Papavero, Viña Nava, Don Cayetano, Bastiana Malbec and Loire star Abbesse.
A lot of shops are offering mixed cases, featuring wine specifically chosen for their summery attitude. Who wouldn’t want to celebrate the sun with sweet Presecco, or a crisp, fruity Sauvignon Blanc? Pinot Grigio and Italian white blends, like Visionario, are also popular summer whites. In the red wine department, Merlot is a safe choice. The Patriots Merlot is a Chilean still red wine that’s smooth, elegant and juicy. Sip any of these with your barbecue and you’ll never want summer to end.
Just because something is labeled “bargain” or “clearance,” don’t write it off as “poor quality.” There are plenty of tasty, elegant wines available for under $10 a bottle. You won’t have to feel guilty if you decide to turn these into a Sangria or spritzer, or decide to cook with them! White wines with a crisp apple flavour are a perfect choice for a white Sangria, like the La Cadette de Fitere 2009 from France. These lighter wines also pair well with an equally light summer meal, like grilled fish. The fruity smoothness of a Cabernet Sauvignon is just the ticket for a delicious red Sangria, or goes perfectly with grilled meats. Still cautious? A lot of shops offer a 100% money-back guarantee if you’re not satisfied!
Whatever you choose, your guests will thank you – by raising their (full) glass!
Buy red and white wines online at Laithwaites.