Whether it's a jug of Pimms, a G&T or a bottle of Prosecco, everyone seems to have a tipple of choice for warm weather sipping. Whatever you turn to, we think you should replace it with either a Riesling or a Grüner Veltliner, and here are our reasons why:
1. Low alcohol content
We all tend to drink a bit more in the summer, which combined with the heat can result in a much quicker state of inebriation. Grüner Veltliners, and especially Rieslings, are on the lighter end of the spectrum in terms of alcohol content thus helping you stay compos mentis even after the one or two glasses extra.
2. Light and fresh in style
The last thing you'd want on a warm day is a big, buttery white, or, God forbid, a full-bodied red. Rieslings and Grüners are seldom oaked and are usually fermented in stainless steel tanks giving them a wonderfully fresh character, with plenty of aromatic and almost perfumed aromas.
3. High in acidity
One of the most refreshing qualities in a wine is its acidity level, so Riesling being one of the raciest varieties, with Grüners not too far behind, make them an ideal choice for summer quaffing.
This is linked to the acidity levels; basically the acid in a wine acts as a palate cleanser, meaning wines of high acidity generally pair well with a number of dishes. BBQs, salads, cheeses... They will all happily be served alongside most Rieslings or Grüners.
5. They take you on holiday
Both grape varieties have the ability to really convey a sense of place. This is in part due to most winemakers of these varieties choosing minimal intervention during the wine-making process, but also the grape varieties themselves are much more sensitive to differences in soil type, sunlight and climate, lending themselves well to talking about where they're from!
Hopefully we have managed to convince you now, so take a look at the three great examples below. Don't forget, we offer mixed cases now too!
2016 Riesling Halbtrocken, Vereinigte Hospitien
£10.50/bottle inc. duty/VAT
From one of Germany's oldest wineries, this off-dry Mosel Riesling covers everything we mentioned above. Fresh apple, apricot, honeysuckle and lemon notes are balanced out by a well-integrated acidity and lovely minerality. And only 10.5% too!
2015 Grüner Veltliner Rosensteig, Weingut Geyerhof
£12.60/bottle inc. duty/VAT
This wine explodes with lush fruity aromas of green apples, waxed lemons, juicy grapefruit and gentle white pepper hints. Josef and Ilse, the winemakers, grow their grapes organically and all their wines are vegan and contain low-histamine levels. Delicious herbaceous and mineral notes on the finish. Contains only 11.5% alcohol.
2015 Grüner Veltliner Hoher Rain, Weingut Geyerhof
£14.10/bottle inc. duty/VAT
A very elegant Grüner Veltliner grown in a sandy loam soil site in Kremstal. Luscious green apples, freshly cut grass and fine hints of spices, with a charming and refreshing finish. This wine contains low-histamine levels and is vegan-friendly. Contains only 11.5% alcohol.
Thérèse and Alyssa
Genesis Fine Wines