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The Best Wines to Drink This Summer

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Words by Heidi Lauth Beasley & Emilie Dock

A toast! To the Great British Summer. It may not deliver perennial sunshine, but it does hold the promise of garden parties, gourmet BBQs and picnics in the park – even if they do require a gazebo. Mind you, it’s easier to champion a ‘glass half full’ approach when your glass is full of fine wine.

With help from our experts in the Fine Wines & Spirits department, we’ve rounded up a definitive list of the best white wines, rosé wines, red wines and sparkling wines to drink this summer. Encompassing everything from crisp and vibrant Rieslings to classic and refined Burgundies, we hope it helps you celebrate every moment – come rain or shine.

The Finest Bubbles for Summer Occasions

At a wedding or graduation party, or even just to celebrate a particularly sunny Tuesday, there’s no finer way to mark the moment than with the pop of a well-chosen Champagne or sparkling wine. You can’t go wrong with Moët & Chandon and Veuve Clicquot, but for something a little different, try one of these expert-recommended bottles. 

Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque Champagne 2014

Featuring a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, this 2014 vintage is a sensational bouquet of hawthorn blossom, sweet vine peach and sumptuous honey notes. Not only does the profile read like a love letter to summer days, the charming bottle is also adorned with an Art Nouveau Japanese white flower design to set the tone for sun-soaked toasts. 

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French Bloom La Cuvée 2022 Blanc de Blancs

This groundbreaking party proxy is the first-ever alcohol-free Blanc de Blancs expression and offers all of the complexity of a vintage Champagne, sans alcohol. The result of four years of research and the expertise of a best-in-class Chef de Cave, each sip offers an opening act of caramelized nuts, candied fruit and dried apricots, followed by a refreshingly crisp and creamy finish. Serve it with an aged cheese or buttered poached lobster for a great gastronomic pairing.

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Nyetimber Prestige Cuvee 2010

With fresh notes of elderflower on the nose, citrus on the palate and a silky white-peach finish, this 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir blend – made exclusively from Grand Crus grapes – is a joy to sip on long summer nights.    

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Lantieri Franciacorta Arcadia

Often overlooked, Franciacorta is a brilliant sparkling wine from Lombardy, Italy. This 80% Chardonnay rendition rests for 3 years before disgorgement, giving the wine body and texture, with a slight hint of nutmeg and biscotti on the palate.    

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The Best BBQ Wines

The thrill of the grill can only be heightened by the accompaniment of a fine wine. But which wines can match the intensity of those smokey flavours? Well, while you flip, grill and sincerely hope that your brand new shirt escapes a meet-and-greet with the ketchup, we’ve asked our expert wine buyers for the best barbie-ready wines.

Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard Malbec

If you’re in the market for a wine that can go toe-to-toe with bold, smokey flavours, then this rich and decidedly fruity Malbec should be at the top of your list. Whether artisanal sausages or sizzling chorizo skewers are on the menu, this wine will be a worthy companion, thanks to its optimal acidity and notes of peppery spices.  

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Harrods Chablis

Lobster tails, crab with lemon-drizzled crème fraîche, tender salmon burgers – make no mistake, seafood is always on the guestlist for our barbecues. The perfect pairing? The Harrods crisp and refreshing Chablis, of course. Take note: it’s also a treat alongside oysters.  

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Mirabeau La Reserve Rose

If you’ve ever indulged in daydreams of purchasing a French vineyard, one sip of this organic rosé and you’ll be glad that Stephen and Jeany Cronk actually did. A decade on from launching their own wine business, you can enjoy the spoils with this quintessentially Provence-meets-Rolle wine. Featuring intriguing hints of yellow fruit, pear and pineapple, this is a very fine choice for summer sipping indeed. 

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Mirabeau La Reserve Rose

Gerard Bertrand Villa Soleilla

Wine wallflowers – look away now. Taut and a certified flavour tease, this orange vintage balances salty flare with sweet, candied orgeat. Presented in a keepsake wooden box, it’s the ideal BYOB pick for the wine enthusiast host who’s always on the lookout for something bright and bold. An alfresco dinner party alternative with main character energy? Yes please.

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The Best Picnic Wines

Glyndebourne, Ascot, Henley, a thousand cricket matches –  picnic season is upon us. For a bona-fide posh picnic, you’ll be wanting a bottle (or two) of the finest wine. You’ll need durable glasses and a drinks cooler to keep the wine cool. Here’s a packing list to make it as easy as possible, alongside our recommended wines.  

Harrods Provence Rose

Crisp and dry, this blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah stems from the best vineyards in the Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence. Aromas of berries, lime and melon introduce a balanced palate marked by a minerality, with a long peach finish. Try it with prawn cocktail or Eton mess.  

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Harrods Provence Rose

If you thought picnics were exclusively reserved for white wines and rosé, think again. This small-batch pinot noir boasts a true Californian Sonoma spirit by way of the Grand Cru vineyards of Burgundy. Expect elegant notes of red and black cherry alongside a lingering hint of clove – best served with a slight chill directly from your favourite cooler box.

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Kistler Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

Egon Muller Scharzhofberger Riesling

If you’re looking for a special sidekick for your go-to summer salads, opt for this vintage sunshine-ready Riesling. The Egon Müller estate focuses exclusively on this grape variety and their dedication shows with this bottle’s mineral and effervescent lemon profile. Sit back, sip and wait for the subtle hints of ginger to appear.

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Egon Muller Scharzhofberger Riesling

Chateau Galoupet Rose

Chateau Galoupet has been a Cru Classe since 1955 and is committed to nurturing its unique ecosystem – the estate is an absolute sanctuary for biodiversity. The salty, temperate winds from the ocean refresh the vines producing a complex and intense palate of ripe apricot, citrus, nuts and wild honey.

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Chateau Galoupet Rose

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