Summer nights, summer eating

wine bottles
wine bottles

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.