The Best of Summer Wines 2021
By Onshore Cellars
The Best Wines for This Summer
Summer time is officially here! Time to enjoy our favourite season of al fresco dining and entertaining. But what are the best summer wines to drink (or serve) on the beach, by the villa pool or on the aft deck?
Summer is certainly rosé season and it is no surprise that people often consider a refreshing, crisp rosé as the perfect summer wine. But what white wines should you pick when serving a summer salad or which reds will compliment a summer barbecue? Below are our top 3 Champagnes, rosé’s, whites and reds that will be the perfect accompaniment to your season. Wines that will transform your summer food experiences, be the perfect aperitif for a party, wow your guests and suit your budget.
Lets get started with the perfect aperitif!
Champagne Billecart-Salmon - Brut Champagne NV
€38.40 inc. VAT
The Billecart-Salmon Brut offers complex aromas of fresh warm bread, crisp green orchard fruits and citrus. Medium to full in body, with a lot of elegance and well-balanced acidity. This is your Champagne staple. An affordable but elegant Brut Reserve that will please you and your guests as a welcome drink or glass after glass over the course of a party.
Ruinart - Rosé Champagne NV
€70.80 inc. VAT
It’s important to always have a Rosé Champagne available in your range and the Ruinart Rosé is a winner in our eyes. Beautiful notes of small red fruits like raspberries, cherries and wild strawberries layered with flowers and spice. This wine is a great option for an aperitif but will really stand up to some heartier dishes like beef carpaccio or a lamb or veal fillet. And don’t forget to bring Champagne back at the end of the meal. This would be amazing with strawberries soaked in balsamic topped with creme anglaise!
Bollinger - Grande Année - 2012
€118.80 inc. VAT
The big daddy! Bollinger Grande Année 2012 is your showstopper Champagne this summer. A complex bouquet of crisp yellow orchard fruit, fresh peach, orange oil, toasted walnuts and dried apricot. It has all the fruity and nutty aromas to accompany pork dishes, but also pairs very well with dark fish like salmon or tuna. Also an excellent gift for a special occasion like a birthday, anniversary or a thank you to a charter client.
Domaine Ott Clos Mireille - 2020
€26.40 inc. VAT
If you have spent time in the South of France you will know Domaine Ott. Served at most restaurants and one of our most popular rosé’s to yachts and villas. Why? Because they are delicious! We have chosen their biggest trademark cuvée, Clos de Mireille to feature this summer as we feel it is the optimal accompaniment to your long beach lunch. This rosé has an inimitable delicate character, that after being aged in oak, results in a rosé that is aromatic, supple and elegant. It pairs very well with Mediterranean salads or light vegetable based dishes, but is also a great compliment to more subtle pork or poultry dishes.
Chateau D’Esclans Rock Angel - 2020
€24.00 inc. VAT
Rock Angel by Chateau d’Esclans is the bigger sibling of the highly popular Whispering Angel. Partially fermented and aged in oak, the Rock Angel has more complexity and structure to it than the Whispering Angel. If you are serving a variety of meats which most summer BBQ’s tend to have, this is a great wine to please everyone. It will pair well with grilled seafood, chicken or beef and go well with a variety of salads and cheeses.
Château Saint Maur L’Excellence - 2020
€20.40 inc. VAT
This distinctively light-coloured rosé is a new addition to our collection and it well deserves its spot. From the Gulf of Saint-Tropez L’Excellence is ripe, smoothly textured and offers scents of crushed stone, under ripe strawberries and citrus of lemon and grapefruit. A great new option to serve or drink this summer and a great place to visit for tastings, music and dining. The Chateau has a fantastic calendar of summer events so be sure to check it out.
Castello della Sala “Cervaro della Sala - Umbria, Italy - 2018
€62.40 inc. VAT
This is a superb Chardonnay from the famous producer Antinori but from their Umbria vineyards. It has made it to our Onshore Cellars Iconic Under 100 selection as it is fantastic value for money. A wine that will blow your guests away without breaking the budget. The 2018 vintage displays aromas of preserved lemon, crisp pear and crushed mineral. It offers beautiful freshness and linearity that balances well with light fish or vegetables but that will also be incredible with buttery dover sole or a silky vongole pasta.
Joseph Drouhin Puligny Montrachet Clos de la Garenne 1er Cru - 2017
€100.80 inc. VAT
Puligny Montrachet is Queen of the Chardonnay world and we have chosen this premier cru from Joseph Drouhin for its elegance, outstanding depth of flavour and complexity. Primary aromas are those of fresh almond and apricot, evolving towards candied fruit, hazelnut and grilled dried fruit. This is your fine dining white wine for the summer. Pair with stuffed crab shell, salted seabass, Bresse chicken with morel mushrooms or porchetta.
Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc - Marlborough New Zealand - 2020
€24.60 inc. VAT
To finish our summer white wine selection we could not go past this Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand. Greywacke is an Iconic producer from the Marlborough region with the famous Kevin Judd (previously Cloudy Bay) leading the way in producing exceptional, crisp white wines. With a palate of ripe golden peaches, grapefruit, and lime zest this is your perfect wine for fresh summer salads, goat's cheese and seafood.
Duckhorn Merlot - 2014
€56.40 inc. VAT
Summer is a time for grilled red meat on the BBQ and Merlot is your best friend in this case. The Duckhorn Merlot from California has an intense aroma of ripe cherry, plum and black fig. It’s velvety tannins and bright acidity pair beautifully with grilled red meats and dark fish like salmon or tuna. This is also a wonderful option for chocolate desserts. A creamy chocolate mousse or baked chocolate tart paired with the Duckhorn Merlot would be the perfect finish to dinner party on a hot summers night.
Gaja Promis Toscana IGT - 2016
€52.80 inc. VAT
From the Iconic producer Gaja this delicious red blend of Merlot, Syrah and Sangiovese is the perfect option for summer dinner parties. Gorgeous aromatics of plum, cherry, and hints of tobacco leaf. A punchy mouthfeel of red and black fruit, baking spice, and silky smooth tannins. This red pairs very well with food but is a great option to sip on its own. If you are planning a party on board or at the villa, choose this red as your serving option.
Joseph Drouhin Nuits Saint Georges 1er Cru - 2017
€66.00 inc. VAT
We always get asked to recommend a well balanced Nuits Saint Georges and Joseph Drouhin’s 1er Cru is our go to suggestion. This powerful, complex pinot noir is everything you want out of a Burgundy premier cru and all for a reasonable price! Try this with rack of lamb, roasted game or hard cheeses.
Delivery to Your Yacht or Villa
Looking for the best summer wines for your charter or holiday villa? No matter where you are cruising this summer, we can deliver. 1-3 days delivery ANYWHERE in the Mediterranean. Weekly vans to Greece and Croatia, same day delivery across the French and Italian Riviera. We are your local wine supplier and we look forward to working with you this summer!
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