Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Summer Wine Wednesday: Beaujolais

The sun is shining! It's only bloody summer time! Or at least it is at the moment, so make the most of it...

So what to drink when the sun is shining? There are plenty of white wines that come to mind straight away but what about red?! Most people associate red with being a bit more of a winter drink and certainly not something to quench a thirst when the temperature outside gets hotter.

However, there is one type of red wine in particular that is perfect for a hot summers day - Beaujolais.

For anyone who isn't aware, Beaujolais wines come from the Beaujolais region in France, which is right underneath Burgundy. The wines produced there are 95% red (from the gamay grape) although a little white wine is produced too. These lovely red wines are really light in style and fruit-dominated - some are even a little bit like drinking an alcoholic fruit juice...
They are beautifully crisp and refreshing and when stuck in the fridge for a good 30 minutes before serving, and are absolutely perfect for drinking in the garden - especially with some smoky sausages on the BBQ.

Beaujolais Villages is always a good wine to seek out if you want to get familiar with this region, and something like La Clé Saint Pierre Beaujolais Villages from Waitrose is a great one to go for as a starting point. It's bursting with ripe cherry and summer fruit flavours, and at £8.99 it represents great value for money, so if you are looking for something a little different to Pimms in the sun then get out and grab yourself a bottle!

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