Summer nights, summer eating

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According to the calendar summer is definitely here and thoughts of barbecues are definitely on the horizon (whatever the weather).

And although this means you’ll want a wine rack with some drops of white (try Robert Mondavi Private Selection Chardonnay, half price at £6.49, Ocado), some sparkling (the delicious Camel Valley Pinot Noir Brut is currently reduced to £24.99, Waitrose) and if you must, some pink; it’s the reds you really want to stock up on.

A smooth drop of magic is what you need as guests start arriving. The Bordiere Nord Syrah Grenache 2014, £6.99, Majestic is very light, with soft, summer fruity notes. In short, it’s an absolute delight and we’d drink several more bottles, preferably while cooking a shoulder of lamb.

Sticking with the light reds which are perfect for daytime, the Dolcetto D’Asti 2013, £7, Marks & Spencer, is a gorgeous wine, bursting with fruity cherry flavours and a twist of liquorice on the finish.

As the night ends, try a fresh and fragrant red - the Exquisite Collection New Zealand Pinot Noir, £6.99, Aldi, is perfect for chatting ‘til dawn.