There is nothing quite like enjoying a glass of wine with family and friends in the summer and this year that will be even more special
As temperatures rise, explore this selection chosen by the Tesco wine experts as the perfect match for all kinds of gatherings, summer feasts and picnics in the park.
Tesco Finest English Sparkling NV 12% abv, £19.00 (vegan)
This celebrated sparkling wine is produced by the award-winning Hush Heath Estate in Kent, from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes handharvested in their own estate vineyards. Crisp and elegant, it boasts attractive aromas of apple and bright citrus with a hint of delicate brioche. On the palate it is dry with a delicate mousse and long finish. Perfect for celebrations; serve chilled as an aperitif or with canapés.
Gratien & Meyer Crémant De Loire Rosé NV 12% abv, £12.00
This crisp and elegant sparkling rosé is made from hand-harvested grapes picked in vineyards south of Saumur. Made according to the traditional method, in the same way as Champagne, it has a delicate pink colour and fine, smooth bubbles. With aromatic floral and red berry notes and a zesty citrus finish, it is delicious with fruity desserts or served chilled on its own.
The Pebble Sauvignon Blanc 12.5% abv, £8.00 (vegan)
A highly aromatic yet elegant expression of Sauvignon Blanc from the grape’s spiritual home, the Loire Valley. It combines aromas and flavours of citrus and passionfruit with a refreshingly crisp palate, producing a wine that’s perfect with summer salads, fish dishes or goat’s cheese tart.
Tesco Finest Viñas del Rey Albariño 12.5% abv, £8.50
Produced from hand-picked grapes, grown in the cool vineyards of northern Spain’s Rías Baixas region, an area famed for its high quality Albariño. The grapes are exposed to cooling Atlantic breezes, which ensure they ripen slowly, developing intense aromas and concentrated flavours. Expect notes of apricot, honeysuckle, fresh grapefruit and mandarin, paired with a palate that is dry, crisp and refreshing. An excellent match for calamari, seafood and tapas.
Tesco Finest Terre di Monteforte Pinot Grigio 12.5% abv, £8.00 (vegan)
A rich and elegant wine made from the ripest grapes grown in Cantina di Monteforte’s best vineyards. It has complex flavours of crisp pear, citrus and white stone fruit with a long, smooth finish typical of high-quality Pinot Grigio. Try pairing it with asparagus risotto or spaghetti alle vongole.
Mirabeau Pure Rosé 12.6% abv, £15.00 (vegetarian)
A crisp, dry and elegant pale pink rosé, to bring a taste of the Côte d’Azur to long summer lunches. On the palate it is clean and expressive, with aromas of peach, lychee, passion fruit and a touch of flint. Delicious with fresh oysters or Greek salad.
Tesco Low Alcohol Garnacha Rosé 0.4% abv, £2.75
This fruity Garnacha, full of ripe strawberry flavours, is made from carefully selected grapes from the sun ripened vineyards of central Spain. Innovative spinning cone technology is used to gently remove the alcohol, creating a great tasting drink with less than 0.5% alcohol. Great with picnics, salmon or canapes.
Tesco Beaujolais Rouge 12.5% abv, £5.00 (vegetarian)
A vibrant red wine made with 100% Gamay grapes. Full of bright and juicy flavours of red cherry and red currants, it works well slightly chilled, either on its own or alongside cured meats and cheeses.
Tesco Finest Swartland Shiraz 14% abv, £7.50 (vegan)
A spicy red wine, made from the small, concentrated Shiraz grapes that ripen perfectly in the heat of Swartland, South Africa. Full bodied, with flavours of bramble, dark cherry and plum, it’s punctuated with peppery notes, leading to a juicy finish. Enjoy with barbecued sausages or grilled mushrooms.
Viñalba Reserve Malbec 2019 14.5% abv, £10.00 (vegan)
This rich and inviting Malbec comes from one of Argentina’s most-awarded wineries. The grapes are grown in the Uco Valley in the foothills of the Andes, an area which provides the optimum growing conditions. It is wonderfully complex, with intense aromas of ripe black fruit and hints of smoke. On the palate, its sumptuous blackcurrant and plum flavours combine with toasty vanilla oak to create an elegant and full-bodied wine. Delicious with roast lamb or aubergine parmigiana.
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