What do we look for in a summer wine? It needs to be refreshing of course!
The tendency is to go for a white or a rosé.
These two appellations also exist in white and rosé. However, they are less well-known than the reds and harder to find because they only account for 4% of the region’s total wine production.
So if you do happen to come across a bottle, grab the opportunity. They are perfect with starters like quiche Provencal or sardine chartreuse marinated in olive oil and lemon for example, or with scallops and even an exotic fruit tiramisu to liven up your dessert!
Reds and cru wines bring out the best in barbecues… and desserts
But in the meantime don't forget the reds. Beaujolais Villages reds for example are very refreshing wines with red fruit notes and hints of spices, making them very lively. They are excellent with tapas or grilled stuffed peppers.
Beaujolais crus are also a perfect match with mixed salads or with desserts like sorbet, red fruit crumble and walnut tart.
Be bold and go for Beaujolais Nouveau
Finally if you like to be a bit different, you can keep some Beaujolais Nouveau and Beaujolais Villages Nouveau wines for the following summer. Beaujolais Nouveau wines are equally good with charcuterie for an aperitif with friends or with seafood or fish tartare as the starter for a summer dinner.
And the icing on the cake: Beaujolais primeur wines also come in rosé, perfect with seafood, fish terrines, exotic dishes and seasonal sorbets!