The Summer Season

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Summer winesThe summer calendar is full of high-class entertainment and sees something happening almost every week in the world of sport and the arts, and (weather permitting) al fresco eating and drinking is as integral to the fun as the entertainment itself.

Berrys’ wine experts have set about the enjoyable task of choosing suitable wines to take on this summer’s big events.

For many, Wimbledon marks the start of the summer, and although there hasn’t been a British winner since 1977 we’re always good at showing our support whether it’s watching under an umbrella at No. 1 court or on the sofa with traditional strawberries and cream. The finals are this weekend and this elegant event requires equally elegant wine – we chose a rosé Champagne and a 2009 Beaujolais, both of which are fresh and exciting to match the action at Wimbledon, and of course a great match for strawberries!

Summer picnicsIf tennis isn’t your sport, this week you can head to Henley for the Royal Regatta. Al fresco dining plays a major part of this chilled out event, and the picturesque surroundings calls out for easy-going, subtle wines to complement it - a perfect alternative to Pimms. We suggest a smooth Vouvray Sec or a Tinto Reserva from Rioja while you watch the rowing.

Cricket remains one of the civilised sporting occasions where spectators can bring their own wine and picnic along to enjoy while watching the drama on the pitch. A wine with good length and complexity seems like the obvious choice for a long afternoon. We have chosen a Riesling with a seriously long finish and a deliciously peppery Châteauneuf-du-Pape with punchy dark fruit complexity.

All of our summer wine suggestions can be viewed on our website. As always, we’d love to hear if you agree with our choices or if not, what you’ll be drinking this summer. Tweet us or leave us a message on our Facebook page.