Explore the diversity of Rioja this summer with these floral, refreshing wines
What better way to soak up those summer rays, relax in the garden and enjoy the long evenings than with a delicious, chilled glass of Rioja wine? From fresh and fruity rosés to zingy, citrussy whites, Spain’s flagship region has a wine for every summer occasion.
Whether you’re planning a summer of al fresco dining, socialising with friends, hosting a family picnic or a good old British barbecue, Spain’s renowned wine region has the perfect summer wine to match. With its broad range of styles, diversity of flavours and array of grape varieties, there is a wine from Rioja to pair with any summer dish from grilled fish, to lemon chicken, and crunchy seasonal salads.
Whites range in style from light and fragrant to rich, full bodied barrel-fermented wines, while Rosados (as rosé is known in Spain) are typical fresh and floral.
Crisp young whites
Fincas de Azabache Tempranillo Blanco 2015,
Available at Sandhams Wine Merchants, RRP £10.99
A style with fruity aromas of green apple, citrus and floral characters, this well balanced and refreshing wine is delicious served with grilled fish, fresh salads or on its own to sip with friends.
Marqués de Cáceres Rioja Blanco 2015
Available at Majestic Wines, RRP £8.99
An aromatic wine with intense flavours of apples and pears – best served alongside fish and seafood.
Monte Real Barrel Fermented Blanco 2015
Available at Harrods, Adnams, Wine time, RRP £7.99 - £9.99
Rich with lemon, lime and a hint of apple and vanilla, this is a great wine to serve with olives, pork dishes or salted almonds.
Contino Blanco 2014
Available at Waitrose, Hedonism, Rosso Bianco Wines, The Wine Reserve, RRP £25.45
A full-bodied wine with a smooth and elegant character and a long finish. This wine complements the flavours of a creamy risotto as well as grilled chicken and pork.
Ramon Bilbao Rosado 2015
Available at Love Wine, Hercules Wines, Chislehurst Wines, Wolseley Wine Loft, The Naked Grape, Pewsey Vale Wine Company, Hitchin Wine Company, Wined Up Here, Sandham Wine Merchants, Noel Young Fine Wines, John Frazier Wines, RRP £8.99
A tasty yet light Rosado wine with hints of summer berries make this wine a great match to grilled white fish or cured meats.
Muga Rosado 2015
Available at Waitrose, Majestic, Berry Brothers and Rudd, Matinez wines, Ultracomida Deli, RRP £9.99
With its hints of tangy fruit and well balanced elegant sweetness, this wine has a lovely long finish combining freshness and acidity, making it the perfect match for seafood, a light salad or bowl of olives.
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