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With the summer heat, wine lovers prefer wines that bring freshness to the table

When the heat comes, we look for a breath of freshness in our plates and glasses. Fortunately, there is no shortage of good wine choices. Here are some ideas to make your summer dishes a perfect match.

Which wine with the summer salad?

It all depends on the salad! For the classic summer salad, often called "la niçoise", made of rice, white tuna, black olives, cherry tomatoes, we advise you to stay in the regional accord with a rosé wine from Provence: aromatic, light and fruity. However, a very dry white wine, or a slightly sparkling wine, such as a Gaillac pearl wine, with a floral taste and fresh bubbles, will also go very well with the salad, adding a touch of vivacity.

A Les Grappes vintage: Les Terres Basses 2018, Domaine de Laballe

If we change the scenario with the southwestern salad, we change completely agree. Made with duck breast, bacon and garlic bread, this salad requires a more structured red wine to accompany the power of duck, but also very fruity, almost on candied fruits and with a little character. In this style, Carignan, the emblematic grape variety of the Corbières Boutenac appellation, is a very good choice: power and acidity that brings freshness while bringing character and strength.

A Les Grappes cuvée: Désir Carmin 2017, Domaine de Perreau

With the classic "melon - ham": what should we drink?

At first glance, it is not easy to accompany such a contrary accord: the freshness and delicacy of the melon, all in sweetness, with the fat and character of the ham. A white wine to accompany the melon or a red wine with the ham? What about rosé wine? The best compromise is a fruity red wine, but very slightly tannic, with just a hint of character capable of supporting the ham. Or, a rosé wine but with strong colours. These rosé wines, which are often made with more maceration than wines with pale colours, are more expressive, more structured, more tannic: in short, more relevant for melon - ham.

A Les Grappes cuvée: Clos du Saut au Loup 2018, Domaine Dozon

Which wines with summer fish?

A holiday by the water means a meal of fish. Once again, pay attention to the generalities, because with each cooking its white wine, with each sauce its white wine, with each preparation its white wine. Overall and with rare exceptions, the white wine that accompanies fish is very dry, mineral and slightly iodized. Regional agreements generally work wonders. It is a fact, ocean-side appellations often produce iodized white wines that blend harmoniously with fish: Bordeaux, muscadet... a coincidence? I don't think so.

A Les Grappes cuvée: Saint Pierre Tucaou 2016, Château Ferran

The classico: Barbecue and red wine

Light red wines or strong rosé wines go well with summer barbecues

The must-see. The meat cooked on embers and the aromas are powerful and grilled. But it is hot and it is not necessary to reinforce the impression of warmth with a wine that is too warm. So change your habits and try a red wine that is not too tannic, light and fruity, but very expressive so as not to be dominated by grilled meats. A pinot from Burgundy or Alsace?

A Les Grappes cuvée: Côtes du Rhône 2018, Domaine d'Ouréa

The tabouleh likes rosé wine

And rosé wine likes tabbouleh. Anyway, here is a simple and successful agreement, a summer classic that you can't get enough of. The tabbouleh, crisp and fresh, lemony and acidic, often mixing sweet/salty on one side. The rosé wine, fruity and aromatic, with notes of apricots, red fruits or melon on the other side. Together, it is a successful agreement.

Many white wines, not woody, fruity or floral, will also go very well with tabbouleh. On the other hand, we do not recommend red wines with tabbouleh, the tannins will bring too much power and will unbalance the harmony.

A Les Grappes cuvée: Rosé Fleuri 2018, Château Barbebelle

A universal white wine for universal summer meals

Pies and salads go well with dry and fruity white wines

Simple meals are sometimes the most delicious and deserve good wines to accompany them. From cold quiches to vegetable pies with green salad and raw vegetables, these classic summer meals bring nature and freshness to your plate. In the glasses, the wine must be white, mineral, slightly floral. You will find these wine profiles on the banks of the Loire or in the middle of the sea.

A Les Grappes cuvée: Libertynages, Castle of Nages

Manon Mouly for Les Grappes

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