Perfect for picnics

Villa Maria Private Bin Rose 2014

Villa Maria Private Bin Rose 2014

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The sun is shining, you’ve made your picnic but what wine do you pack?

Key words here are crisp and fresh with whites and rosés, and light and fruity if it’s red.

Chateau Martinon 2014, Entre-Deux-Mers (The Wine Society £7.95) is a lovely summer wine. White Bordeaux is undervalued and this semillon-based wine is fresh, unoaked, with zesty fruit. Perfect with seafood. Belmont Pinot Noir 2014, Nelson (Majestic £11.99, £8.99 for two), from New Zealand, has perfumed red fruit and silky tannins. I can’t think of a better value pinot noir this summer. Drink lightly chilled with cold meat.

Top tipple is Villa Maria Private Bin Rosé 2014, Hawkes Bay (Tesco £7.99, Majestic £10.49).

In recent vintages this wine seems to have got paler, which is no bad thing. It’s a blend of pinot gris and merlot with wild strawberries and tropical fruit. It’s dry but full-flavoured and would work well with home-made sausage rolls or scotch eggs.

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