Wines for summer drinking

Just as what we adapt what we eat over summer months, so our yearning for wine changes.   Molloys Liquor Stores have some well-priced wines exclusively sourced for quality and price, which will help bring out the best of your summer.

Out with the heavy tannic reds and rich oaky whites. Swap them for fresh light whites, summery rosé and light red wines. These will pair much better with lighter foods, salads, cold meats and tapas. Taming down alcohol levels isn’t such a bad idea in warm muggy weather – it will just help you get the most out of these long evenings, and be fresh for another day!

Italian whites like Pinot Grigio, Soave, Gavi and Verdicchio all seem to taste best when the sun is shining. Sauvignon Blanc and Rueda are also extremely refreshing and stands up to strong flavours on the barbecue. For something different look towards Chenin Blanc, Albariňho, Picpoul de Pinet, Côtes de Gascogne and Gruner Veltliner. Our Pedra d’Auga Albariňho is drinking beautifully right now. “White flowers on the nose, good balanced fruity acidity on the palate, citrus notes, round and smooth” – as Food & Wine said about it.   Albariňho and our new Saint-Peyre Picpoul de Pinet are terrific matches for white fish, freshly-caught and simply-cooked.  The Irish Sun is a fan of our Colombelle Cotes de Gascogne"good balance and acidity, with a palate that has apple, peach and melon flavours. Great price too. "

Light red wines can be served lightly chilled, as they often are in warmer countries.
Some of Molloys’ Italian wines are perfect summer sippers with or without food: Vivolo Merlot and Vivolo Cabernet Sauvignon, Caleo Primitivo and Caleo Nero d’Avola. Vina Lixia Red from Spain is dangerously easy to drink too, especially at the price. For serving with food, Unico Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, Butterfly Tree Pinotage and Water Stop Station Shiraz make great partners for barbecued or grilled meats.

Beaujolais, Bourgueil, Chinon, Bardolino, and Valpolicella are also easy to drink red wines, which can be chilled.

Rosé wines really come into their own during the summer. Look for fresh vintages, nothing more than 2 years old. Many Californian rosés (labelled as blush) are noticeably sweet.  Blossom Hill White Zinfandel is a market leader, and we've a great price on it right now. If you prefer a drier style, then look in the French or Spanish section.