Summer is all about the great outdoors, and nothing quite delights like finding a picnic spot with a hamper full of goodies.
Such open-air ‘cork and fork’ parties require a few essentials, but, perhaps most importantly, you will need glassware that won’t fall and break at the first roll of ice.
Govino glassware (box of four, any style, £10, www.aroundwine.co.uk) is made from BPA-free shatterproof perspex, which reflects a wine’s colour and aromatics, and boasts a thumb grip to put an end to any spills.
For ideas of what to put into these glasses, start with Austin’s Summer Punch (£5.99, 70cl, www.Aldi), which costs nearly a third of the price of the market leader but certainly doesn’t scrimp on taste. For all-day picnics, invest in a good cooler bag, pack plenty of ice, and serve Austin’s with lemonade, cucumber and orange.
If you are meeting friends with different tastes, Sainsbury’s have introduced 10 of its most popular own brand wines into single serve bottles (from £1.65 to £3, 18.7cl and 20cl). This cute line-up includes Sainsbury’s Winemakers Selection Gavi, Winemakers Selection Merlot, Taste The Difference Macon Villages and Taste The Difference Primitivo Salento, alongside their best selling Taste The Difference Conegliano Prosecco Superiore Brut.
If you want a tasty alternative to alcohol, Five Valley Cordials have introduced Peach & Lychee (£3.19, 37.5cl, Waitrose) to their range of soft drinks. The closest thing to biting into a juicy peach, it tastes delightful mixed with sparkling water.