Here comes the summer
By Ciaran Meyler, wine manager, United Wines
If you are old enough to remember this song and are a big fan of The Undertones, you’ll probably agree that this was their best hit tune. I know it’s controversial, because everyone loves Teenage Kicks; however this song revokes huge memories for me. It was released in May 1979 as I was approaching the end of my first year in ‘big school’. My school bag was too heavy, blazer sleeves hanging down over my fingers; my shoes were two sizes too big and were handed down from my big brother. All that coupled with the fact that my uncle was a teacher in my school made for a very long year indeed; any wonder I ended up working with drink?! So the thought of the summer holidays bursting out of a song “the summer is right here and it’s time to come out, time to discover what fun is all about”, was a great relief.
However, as I sit in the house in the middle of June it doesn’t look like the summer is ever coming this year. This time last year we were enjoying six weeks of continuous sunshine and sales of wine, beer and cider were huge. However, we have to be optimistic and believe that it’s only around the corner and in the meantime here are some great wines to enjoy.
New in from Valencia are Canallas Merseguera Moscatel and Tempranillo Monastrell. Two very interesting wines made by Toni Arraez.
The white produces a beautifully refreshing wine that almost promises to be sweet on the nose, but finishes dry exploding with peaches, pears and apples. Perfect for summer lunches that turn into dinners.
The red blends together two of Spain’s best grapes – Tempranillo and Monastrell. With four months in new American oak, the wine shows fresh and mature fruit notes and prevails with hints of vanilla and cocoa. On the palate, it’s juicy, ample, elegant and with a good balance between the spicy flavours of the barrel and the fruity character of the young Tempranillo. Get the BBQ on!
Also some new agencies just arrived include Joseph Drouhin, I Heart and Blossom Hill; a really diverse range from world class Burgundy to fun-filled, easy-drinking wines.
The Drouhin 2018 Chablis is particularly good, a classic style, bone dry with minerality and mouth-watering with fresh lemon and grapefruit, pleasant touches of fern and coriander can also be found on the finish. Buy the best piece of white fish you can afford and cook it in butter and lemon, simple but gorgeous.
I Heart put their passion into creating straight-talking, great-tasting, easy-drinking wines for you to enjoy whatever the occasion. Try the new I Heart Prosecco Frizzante; with the handy screw cap closure, it’s perfect for spontaneous picnics. So too are the cute little cans of I Heart Pink and White Frizzante.
Blossom Hill has also been very innovative with their new Gin Fizz Range. The 75cl comes in two styles Rhubarb Fizz and Lemon & Rosemary Fizz, well chilled and served over ice with a slice, these make for a wonderful low-abv alternative to your G&T.
So enjoy the summer, when it arrives. And remember always drink responsibly.