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12 Best Wines for Summer 2024—with Salvo Russo

Forget Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc—there are many more delicious wines out there just perfect for those lazy, hazy summer days. Salvatore Russo, Head of Wine at London’s Heliot Steakhouse picks his top tipples for the warmer weather.

1. Donnhoff, Hermannshohle Riesling Grosses Gewachs, 2016

Riesling is my favourite white grape variety so it’s no surprise this wine features high on the list for summer. Hermannshohle is an incredible Grand Cru and is considered the best location for producing wine in all of North Germany.

The Riesling produced there is of unique quality and is easily one of the best I’ve ever tried. This wine is perfect as an aperitif featuring a very aromatic nose offering hints of petrol and honeysuckle with aromas of stone fruit.

2. Xeco, Fino Sherry, 2021

Undoubtedly, sherry is the most underrated wine. It’s often considered the wine lovers’ best-kept secret, as a result. This fine executive white has aromas of lemon zest, almond, brioche, and chamomile, so it’s a delightfully refreshing mouthful for all those who try it.

If you’re looking for the best results, serve it very cold and enjoy it with a stunning summer sunset.

3. Chin Chin Vinho Verde, Quinta do Ermizi, 2022

Vinho Verde is one of the most affordable wines out there. It’s incredibly mouth-watering and the low alcohol content makes it a perfect match for a picnic or festival!

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4. Oremus, Mandolas Furmint, 2019

The Vega-Sicilia-famous Alvarez family founded Bodegas Tokaj Oremus in 1993.

This wine has a great acidity mixed with flavours of apples and white blossoms. On the palate, the wine has a typical furmint waxy feel. This wine pairs very well with a seafood platter, making it perfect for summer.

5. GranBazan Albariño Etiquet Ambar, 2021

Already a huge hit in Spain, Albariño is the next big thing and I predict that soon enough it will be the most popular white wine in the whole of the UK.

It offers great minerality, with an abundance of lime and lemon notes but also peach and nectarine.. truly a wonderful gem.

6. Cruse Wine Co., Carneros, Petillant Naturel, Saint Laurent Ricci, 2021

The Cruise Wine Co Sparkling Saint Laurent Ricci Vinyard is a great, light sparkling, natural red wine. It’s very crisp with beautiful red fruit flavours such as strawberry and red cherry. It also features some spicier notes, so it’s a great addition to a wonderful summer’s day.

7. Weingut Abraham, Upupa Rot, Schiava IGT

Alto Adige is in my opinion one of the finest wines in Italy. This great red wine is made of a local grape variety known as Schiava and features notes of blackberries and strawberries.

I love the rusticity of this wine, it matches perfectly with pizza. If you’re looking for a red wine to suit a more casual occasion and is easy to drink, then should be top of your list!

8. Marcel Martin, La Jaglerie, Rose D’Anjou 2021

The Marcel Martin La Jaglerie Rose d’Anjou features a trendy pink pale colour. The nose has pretty red fruits and floral tones, beautiful for outdoor and canapé style events.

9. Bodegas Miras, ‘Miras Joven’, Trousseau Nouveau – 2021 – price: £14.00

Trousseau is quickly becoming my day-to-day red grape variety. With a mouth-watering feel, this wine has a distinctive aroma of red fruits and even a little wet forest floor.

When it comes to food or events, look no further than a barbeque. The flavours and smells that barbeque food produces mean this wine will make a great pairing, satisfying all those who drink it.

10. Jean Foillard, Beaujolais-villages, Beaujolais, France

Jean Foillard Beaujolais-villages is another great natural wine, offering aromas of precise red fruits and flavours ideal for all situations.

You could say that this wine is an ‘all-rounder’ given its versatility. It’s an excellent option to have at any evening or function and will offer some much-needed palate-cleansing to those who have stuck to one wine throughout.

11. Burn Cottage, Moonlight Race, Central Otago, Pinot Noir – 2019 – price: £48.80

The wine’s origin, Central Otago in New Zealand, is one of the most southern parts of the world where you can make wine. The region is most famous for creating sensational Pinot Noirs and this Pinot is no different. The wine from this region is like the great wine of Burgundy but comes at a fraction of the price.

It’s an absolute must if you’re a fan of red wine!

12. Zweigelt Rubin Carnuntum, 2020

Zweigelt is a fresh, lighter style of red and is the most extensively planted wine variety in Austria.

It’s both fruity and spicy, with silky tannins and notes of cherry, raspberry, cinnamon, violets, and pepper. Contrary to popular belief, I think this wine is best enjoyed chilled during the summer months. This is how I like to enjoy it and those who are enthusiastic about summer reds should also consider this for a refreshing change to drinking wine.

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