Case of the "Month", Summer 2014
A selection of favourite chill out wines for enjoying Summer outside
WHITE: It won't surprise anyone who has known me a while that Muskateller is top on my list of fabulous Summer white.
There are plenty of great contenders - try Heidi Schöck's Junge Löwen, try a swiss Chasselas, try the Triebaumers' TRIE Weiss, a Welschriesling, a Savoie Altesse... plenty of worthy contenders.
But Muskateller remains one of my great love for wine to drink on its own. And this one is magical - a rose and herb garden on a Warm summer day.
RED: for red there are plenty of contenders too - our classic Zweigelts chill beautifully, and the Mosel Dornfelder is a fabulous Summer wine, as are the lighter Swiss Pinots and youthful Blaufränkisch.
But... it has to be back to Gamay. With so many to choose from in our list I spent far too much time agonising to pick one... Brouilly is a very smooth example, and Philippe Deschamps' 2009 is as amazing as it gets.
We usually offer the option of adding a rosé or a sparkling (or both) to the case. This time, I'm only offering one option - a sparkling rosé made of Mondeuse noire and a bit of Gamay, from the St Germain brothers in French Savoie.
It's named coquelicot, which is French for Poppy. A fun and friendly, off dry, very aromatic aperitif wine. Just delicious.
Additionally here's a suggestion for an out of this world Austrian dessert wine - made of Sauvignon Blanc and Sämling. Unforgettable.
Honey, roses, baked pear, a touch of smokeyness, amazing balance of Sweetness and just a touch of tonic bitterness.
Forget dessert, I'll just have this. Alone. Dessert and post dinner drink all in one.