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During the warmer months, we tend to opt for lighter meals such as seafood, grilled meats, or perhaps fresh and vibrant salads. When it comes to wine, the ‘go to’ summer drop is often described as a crisp, light and refreshing white. However, there are plenty of other wine varietals and styles that pair beautifully with lighter dishes and snacks, or are perfect on their own as a sundowner! And they are not all white wines either.
Here is a quick guide to help you find the perfect summer wine across different occasions.
Pairing wine with seafood can be slightly daunting. While white wines, like a zesty Riesling or fresh Pinot Gris are the general rule of thumb when it comes to pairing white fleshed fish such as ling or John Dory; red wine (or Rosé) definitely have potential to rise to the challenge. Softer, more delicate reds such as Pinot Noir or Blue Imperial can be a great accompaniment to red or pink fleshed fish like tuna and salmon, or even a more robust and spicy Shiraz goes exceptionally well with oily fish like mackerel. The same thing applies for seasonings and sauces, such as Moroccan-inspired barramundi tagines or stuffed calamari in tomato sugo, which could pair nicely with a flavoursome Grenache. The Morris Pale Flor Apera could work really well with seafood too.
When it comes to BBQs, red meat and red wine makes for the perfect partnership. However, you may be surprised to know there are a few other wine varietals that are an equally great match with grilled meats, including steak.
Try teriyaki chicken skewers with a glass of Riesling. This wine usually pairs well with sweet or spicy BBQ flavours. A Pinot Gris - like Peter Lehmann Wines Hill & Valley Pinot Gris - with higher acidity is also a winner with pork, especially the fatter cuts like pork belly. A full-bodied and fruity white - like Brand’s Laira Blockers Chardonnay - can also be a surprising match to a juicy steak. Mature whites with bottle aged complexity (like Peter Lehmann Wines Margaret Semillon) also stand up to the char of the grill. At the end of the day, the goal is to find a white wine that imitates the robust qualities of typical reds.
Summer Sundays are for lazing around and soaking up the sunshine. Whether you’re entertaining friends at home by the pool or having a beach-side picnic, a chilled glass of wine is a must-have on the drinks menu. Try a bright and crisp Sauvignon Blanc or an elegant and delicate Rosé like Peter Lehmann Portrait Grenache Rosé. Just make sure if you are serving wine outdoors, keep it cool in a bucket of ice and water, and out of direct sunlight. Or if you’re feeling a little creative, pour the Rosé into a shallow tray and freeze overnight. Scrape with a fork and serve in an elegant glass with fresh berries for a show-stopping Frosé! Cheers!