Summer is the time of year we step away from heavy winter dishes to a healthier, alfresco style of living. We crave fresh fish, zesty fruit, nutritional salads and of course a lighter choice of drinks. The heavier red wines and stronger whites are also consigned to the back of the cupboard for the summer months, in favour of fresher, crisper, lighter, easy-to-drink rosés and whites.

We change our food palates in the warmer months for lighter and healthier choices but some of us may not that be that confident when it comes to selecting the right lighter wines for our summer dining or drinking. Recent research by Muscadet and Rosé d’Anjou wines revealed that despite most of us associating summer with white and rosé wines we still serve the same wines in the summer as we would in the winter.

So, how confident are you when it comes to serving the right lighter wine for summer dining or drinking? Would you serve the same wine in the summer as you would in the winter?

Wine expert Colin Deane knows all there is to know when it comes to wine; he holds the Wine and Spirit Education Trust Diploma and has judged for the International Wine Challenge. Trish Davies is an enthusiastic food specialist whose background has led her to a wide ranging culinary career including films, television and celebrity kitchens.

Trish shows us how to make some quick and easy tasty treats to serve and Colin shows us the perfect summer wine to enjoy the dishes with. Watch our video to get the most out of your summer wine during the current heat wave and to find out what makes these wines the perfect essentials to keep in the fridge.

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