Perfect wines for a summer barbecue

Wines Direct understand the importance of choosing the right wine to compliment summer food, yet it can be tricky deciding which wine, there is a fabulous variety available at in Wines Direct, Mullingar and they are on hand with expert advice for selecting superb wines to add to and further enhance your barbecue experience.

“Choosing the right wine to accompany your barbecue will improve your overall enjoyment,” says Trevor Fisher, retail manager with Wine’s Direct. “The trick is to ensure you choose a fruity and refreshing wine for a warm day that will also compliment hot barbecued food. This can take practise but I have a few favourites of my own. With char-grilled chicken I like a dry, unoaked Chardonnay; and a crisp zesty Sauvignon Blanc with grilled fish and seasoned vegetables. With red wine I prefer a style with plenty of body but not overly dry so as to match the traditional red meat grills. I would always have a couple of bottles of rosé on hand for refreshment without food – either before the food is cooked or when relaxing after eating.”

Below are three perfect barbecue wines that are on special offer for readers of the Advertiser upon presentation of their advertisement in this edition.

Tahbilk Shiraz 2006 (€14.45, special price €13 for July )

The Tahbilk vineyards and winery are located in the Nagambie Lakes region of Victoria in Australia. They are one of the oldest estates in all of Australia and pride themselves on their history and the quality of their wines.

At Tahbilk, winemaker Alistair Purbrick strives to produce wines that reflect their amazing high quality fruit. Alistair looks for plenty of body and flavour, but not in a style that is too oaky or spicy. This Shiraz is rich, with firm tannins and a wonderful palate that is packed with flavours of plums, damsons, and blackcurrants.

Domaine Ricard Le Petiot Touraine Sauvignon Blanc 2008 (€12.50, special price €11.25 for July )

Sauvignon Blanc is the perfect refreshment for a barbecue. Domaine Ricard is situated in the Loire Valley, north-west France, which is where the famous, and often expensive, sauvignon blanc wines of Sancerre and Pouilly Fume come from. This white is crisp, fresh, and fully of citrus fruit flavour. It is zingy and clean with a lovely hint of minerality on the finish which adds a bit of extra depth.

Le Contesse Sparkling Pinot RÓse (€14.15, special price €12.70 for July )

Le Contesse was founded in the early 70s and specialises in the production of highly esteemed sparkling wines.

Nothing lacks in this winery and it is equipped with the most up-to-date technology. This is a classy pink sparkler without having to pay a premium. It is very clean with beautiful strawberry and raspberry fruit flavours and a persistent, vigorous sparkle. This wine makes an ideal aperitif.

Wines Direct is located at Lough Sheever Corporate Park in Mullingar. The shop is open Monday to Friday from 11am to 7pm and Saturday from 11am to 6pm.

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