Two wines to help you through the heatwave


Don’t know about you but my wine rack changes considerably with the seasons.

Winter and autumn sees it stacked with hefty reds that suit stews and roasts and other robust dishes.

As spring turns to summer, there are more whites and the reds I choose are lighter.

These are wines to accompany salads and fish dishes… or just to sip  in the garden enjoying the fabulous sunshine and heat we’ve had this summer so far.

Here are two of my favourites


Louis Jadot Beaujolais Villages 2016

Try this lightly chilled and it’s a perfect summer red.

There’s a purity about this high-quality wine, with light berry flavours sparkling through.

It drinks well on its own, but I’ve tried it with salads and it worked beautifully well.


It especially drank nicely with a plate of lightly-roasted heritage beetroots.

It’s widely stocked and costs around £11 a bottle.

Esk Valley Verdelho 2017

The verdelho grape is native to Portuguese island of Madeira, but this New Zealand wine shows that it’s a grape that travels well.

In this expression, there’s a backbone of acidity softened by exotic fruits notes and a little peach.

Served with meaty,almost gamey red mullet accompanied by a butter, lemon and samphire sauce, it was a gorgeous match for it has great structure.


I suspect that it would hold its own alongside Thai food, too.

Priced around £13.70, it’s widely available, including Connolly’s in Birmingham and Solihull.

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