Trapped indoors sheltering from a rainy end to Spring, the team at Roberson put our minds to coming up with a summer drinking hit list to pair with some of our favourite seasonal dishes. Before going to press we did enjoy the stunning May bank holiday weather - so now we present a selection of the best value and best quality, as well as a few hidden gems to get stuck in to this Summer. We can’t promise the English weather will continue to deliver, but we have got some excellent wine suggestions and pairings. Below are some of the highlights of the collection. We hope that you get the opportunity to enjoy some of them this summer!
Aperitives, starters, and salads
A light refreshing white wine from the brilliant Paco and Lola. Lovely pear, citrus and green apple flavours with floral hints, this crisp white will pair excellently with fresh fish tacos. A high quality catch, plenty of lime, a hint of spice and a crunchy taco - all washed down with, simply the best Albariño we have tried this summer.
This wine stands up surprisingly well to stronger flavours. We are drinking this as an aperitive or with a summer salad. Asparagus, broad beans, rocket and feta pulled together by a light French dressing will work well the fresh acidity and slight pepperiness of the Grüner.
No summer drinking collection is complete without a Provence Rose. Subtleness, freshness and delicacy combine to create an exceptionally balanced rose. We pair this with seafood, classic prawns gently flavoured with garlic butter and grilled, alternatively couple it with a light vegetarian risotto, the rose has just enough fruit to complement this type of dish.
This fresh, fruity and energetic Gamay from Arnot Roberts would cut through the richness of grilled chicken and cream cheese, maybe accompanied by a fresh vine tomato salad. Chill the wine down slightly and it makes for a fantastically glug-able summer wine, with or without food.
Smoked Salmon Risotto and Fizz
No summer drinking collection is complete without a bottle or two of sparkling wine. In this collection we have included:
Energetic and zingy; citrus, honey, hints of apple; well-rounded with a long finish.
Medium-bodied; ripe red and green apple flavours; good fresh acidity; persistent flavour.
Full tasting notes for these can be found on our website. Both pair superbly with our main dish suggestion, smoked salmon risotto. Risotto is super easy to make, but it is also very versatile. Add your favourite summer greens, or as we suggest, a generous portion of smoked salmon. Once you master the risotto you can add stronger flavours depending on the wine you are pairing with it. My top tip is to open a bottle of Coviar, enjoy this while you cook and add a good glug to the saucepan.
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