With the weather heating up and the bbq busy grilling, it can be hard to find the perfect wine for summer sipping. Vegetables in winter are usually part of a sauce or as a component in a dish, however in summer we enjoy them in their pure and simple form, lightly grilled or softly dressed. Here are some useful hints to help you select the right wine:• Pair raw vegetables with chilled whites. A white Rioja or Alborino pairs nicely with raw tomatoes and a dry Rose works well with a caprese salad.
• For heartier vegetables like charred peppers or dishes with rich cheeses, opt for a lighter red like a complex Pinot Noir.
• Fresh corn goes nicely with a buttery Chardonnoy or crisp Sauvignon Blanc.
• Experiment! Instead of the popular Chardonnay or Pinot Grigio try an off-dry Reisling or lesser known grape such as a Viognier or Trebbiano.
• For a picnic purchase small wines sold in plastic quarter bottles.
• Don't be snobby about a screw-cap. More and more good quality wines are coming with an easy to open screw cap.
• When in doubt drink bubbly!