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Three Alternatives to Rosé

There are certain drinks that are synonymous with summer: Pimms, Aperol Spritz and of course roséThere's a lot to love about rosé - it's feelgood, value for money and drinkable by the bucket.  But with its monopoly on summer drinking, what other wines are we overlooking?
Whether you're poised in a pub garden or picking up bottles for a picnic, rather than reaching for the roséhow about taking a moment to consider your other options?

Albariño - Albariño is the name of a grape variety which is predominantly grown in Spain and Portugal. Try out an Albariño from Rias Baixas in Spain and you won't be disappointed. It's a crowdpleaser with citrusy notes, zingy acidity and intense aromatics. Fresh and fruity, Albariño is affordable and perfect for an aperitif.
TRY: Albariño, Rías Baixas, Martín Códax 2016 £13.50 from Majestic Wine

Sancerre - if you're normally quaffing Whispering Angel, and want a slightly more sophisticated substitution, then why not try a Sancerre? Sancerre is an AOC (Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée) which means that it comes from a specific geographical location (Sancerre in the Loire Valley) and made with specific grape varieties (white Sancerre uses Sauvignon Blanc). Typically Sancerre expresses minerality and salinity which makes it a great match to seafood and charcuterie.

TRY: Sancerre, Lucien Crochet, 2016 £15 from Justerini & Brooks

Picpoul de Pinet - this is a strong contender for rosé's 'lady petrol' crown. A hit with groups, this is a lively, crisp white wine which has a zesty acidity. Like Sancerre, it is also an AOC and is made from the Picpoul grape which hails from Picpoul de Pinet in South West France. Look out for its signature slender green bottle which features an embossed Languedoc cross. It is a very versatile wine and pairs well with shellfish and Mediterranean cuisine. 

TRY: Picpoul de Pinet, Jadix, La Cave de l’Omarine, 2017 £7.80 from Justerini & Brooks

Written by our wine blogger Josephine Davies