Everyone seems to be escaping the British summer and heading to the Mediterranean.
If you’re not, here are a few wines to take you there.
Two Sails Greek Rose 2014, (£7.99 Waitrose). Greece, not normally associated with quality wine, is beginning to produce interesting ones. Made from the indigenous Xinomavro grape, this is dry with berry fruits and a juicy finish. Good with a Greek salad, naturally.
Vina Real Crianza 2011, Rioja (£8.87 thedrinkshop.com) is a Rioja with ripe black fruits, balsamic notes and a touch of vanilla on the nose followed by a supple palate. Moreish. Just needs some barbecued lamb and a little sun.
My top tipple is Mandrarossa Fiano 2014, Sicily (thewinesociety.com £7.25). Fiano is another indigenous grape, this time from southern Italy. This wine will sit in my fridge all summer.
It’s really fresh with tropical fruits, citrus and basil followed by a mouth-watering palate with a dry, generous finish. It over-delivers at this price and works brilliantly with antipasto or tapas.