Jane Boyce, from JN Wine, is the only Northern Ireland based Master of Wine. She gave us her tips for the best of Summer wines to enjoy, regardless of the weather!
Donning a brand new label designed by local artist Katherine Callaghan, the JN Sparkling is the perfect summer fizz. Sourced from Bouvet Ladubay in the Loire Valley, it is brimming with zesty apple fruit.
It’s dry but not too dry making it a great opener for summer celebrations or just to welcome summer visitors!
2. Well Chilled
My choice for a crisp, dry white wine, that would be perfect with summer seafood or just on its own when its chill out time, is Allo – a fab Portuguese white wine which is bursting with peach and citrus fruit yet feels light and refreshing. Great with seafood or on its own.
3. Something For The Barbie
With chargrilled meat and veg you need something with plenty of fruit and character, so New World wines with their more intense flavours are often the best choice.
Beef burgers and steaks on the barbecue match beautifully with Argentinian Malbec and my value for money pick would be the Altosur. From a family owned winery high up in the Tupungato region of Mendoza, it is full bodied, with oodles of blueberries, plums, chocolate and spice.
4. Picnic Time!
What we need is something delicious but also easy to transport, open and share. You won’t go too far wrong with the Secateurs red and white from South Africa. The peachy white is from the Chenin Blanc grape while the red is a blend of ripe, juicy grapes from Adi Badenhorst’s family vineyard in Swartland.
5. Smell The Rosé!
Pink wines are perfect all-rounders for summer. I love the Villa Wolf Rosé – not only is it a gorgeous shade of pink but it has a lovely aroma of summer fruit: strawberries, raspberries and cherries are there in abundance.
6. Love red but need cooling down?
If you want a red wine to drink chilled it needs to be something light and low in tannin so Beaujolais fits the bill perfectly. Try the Beaujolais Villages from Domaine Rochette. It is light bodied with lots of raspberry and blackberry fruit, making it the perfect accompaniment to summer dishes.
Award Winning Wine Merchant
Last weekend JN Wine won its record 24 thRegional Wine Merchant gong for Northern Ireland at the International Wine Challenge Awards in London, widely recognised as the Oscars of the global wine industry, recognising excellence, expertise and passion for wine.
To celebrate the landmark win, JN Wine is reintroducing the hugely popular JN Sparkling, which sold out at its launch last year due to the exceptional level of demand. For details on JN Sparkling and the other services, events and products available visit www.jnwine.com.