Noone would disagree that the beach is such a sun soaked paradise devoted to an afternoon of pure relaxation, zen and tranquil. But your beach trip wouldn’t be complete without a little alcoholic beverage. Beach goers with a penchant for boozing would agree that one must choose their beverage wisely. The perfect beach wine is refreshing, thirst quenching and drinkable. The 5 wines below would make the perfect accompaniment to your beach trip
Region: Italy, Veneto
Retail Price: S$ 46.00
About the Wine: Nino Franco’s non-vintage sparkling Rustico Prosecco is unquestionably the world’s finest value in a high quality, Champagne look-alike. The non-vintage, light-bodied Prosecco di Valdobiaddene Rustico offers gorgeously elegant, fresh, lively fruit, notes of bread dough and citrus, and persistent effervescence.
About the Winery:Antonio Franco founded the “Cantine Franco” winery in Valdobbiadene in 1919. Valdobbiadene is located at the foot of the Prealps, in the Venetian region, and is famous for the Prosecco vine and wine production. This winery is proud to be one of the oldest in Valdobbiadene, located in the town centre, not far away from the countryside and the vineyards.
Thanks to a careful and wise management, the estate has been growing and evolving throughout three generations of producers. Antonio founded it, Nino expanded it and Primo improved the company performance throughout the years. 1982, when Primo took over its management, was the turning point.
Winery Website: http://www.ninofranco.it/en/
Region: France, Champagne
Retail Price: S$ 90.00
About the Wine: Without added sugar, Zero (stands for zero dosage) is a frank fresh champagne that unveils all that the grapes and soil have to say. This Brut Nature is rare and remarkable in the balance of the three varieties benefiting from methods of cultivation which respect nature, and which are specially selected at perfect maturity. On the eye, it is golden with greenish hints and has a fine mousse. On the nose, it is frank, fine and fresh showing scents of wax, honey, lemon and mandarin. In the mouth, it is lively, long, and open with citrus freshness. A natural champagne, sentimental and open, ideal for those romantic moments. It will be particularly appreciated as an aperitif, and with sushi and oysters.
About the Winery: The labels of the wines from this family run estate, one of the most dynamic in Champagne, show their origins – Champagne in its purest form. At the heart of the left bank of the Marne Valley, Benoit Tarlant is gradually taking over from his parents the 14 ha vineyards. He cultivated this vineyard with care, using only organic fertilisers. His vinegrowing is painstaking, perfectly adapted to the mosaic of different soils and subsoils with flint-bearing sand, through clay and limestone to pure chalk.
Winery Website – http://www.tarlant.com/en/
Region: France, Provence
Retail Price: S$46.00
About the Wine: Pretty, luminous, salmon-pink robe tinted with gold. Delectable bouquet, with notes of red fruits (strawberry, raspberry, redcurrant). Round, refreshing and perfectly balanced in the mouth, very smooth and agreeable, with notes of white fruit. Fruity and very long finish. Ideal served as an aperitif or with Provencal starters and southern cuisine. Perfect with all kinds of Oriental and Asian food.
About the Winery: Château de Berne spans 1,250 acres of sumptuous countryside in the heart of Provence. Niched between garrigue and olive groves, its 290 acres of wine-producing plots are planted with Grenache, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault, Carignan, Viognier, Merlot, Sémillon, Ugni Blanc and Rolle grape varieties. Château des Berne is a 494-acre estate located at the heart of a Natura 2000 protected area and at the foot of the Maures hill chain. Ludovic de Beauséjour joined the Vignobles de Berne family in 2009. The estate spans over 50 acres between the towns of Flayosc and Lorgues, in the Var region and is crowned with forests that shelter it from winds and frost.
Winery Website – http://www.mellot.com/presentation/presentation.php?LangueSite=en
Region: New Zealand, Central Otago
Retail Price: S$ 50.00
About the Wine: This wine shows excellent concentration of cool climate characters, clean citrus and wet stone with lovely elderflower floral aromas adding complexity: the palate is dominated by succulent ripe citrus flavours. The wine is a medium-dry style with a lovely backbone of natural acidity. This wine beautifully displays the elegance and finesse of this versatile and interesting variety. You will be rewarded by careful cellaring.
About the Winery: Mt Difficulty is a boutique winery located in Bannockburn in Central Otago, New Zealand. The Bannockburn area is internationally recognized as one of the few places in the world where the pernickety Pinot Noir variety has found a home outside Burgundy. Martinborough in New Zealand and Oregon in the US are the only other regions where Pinot Noir seems to flourish.
The unique microclimate of the Bannockburn area provides hot summers, a large diurnal temperature variation and long cool autumns which bring the best out of the Pinot Noir grapes. This, along with a mix of clays and gravels ideal for viticulture, provides an excellent basis not only for Pinot Noir, but also for Pinot Gris, Riesling, and Chardonnay.
Winery Website – http://www.mtdifficulty.com/
Region: Spain, Rioja
Retail Price: S$59.00
About the Wine: A wine with strength, young, with many things to tell but with the fresh voice of the youth. Very pleasant to drink, easy to blend it with food and especially delicious and fresh. Black cherry, tobacco, toast and mineral flavors mingle in this focused red, with light, firm tannins and crisp acidity. Supple, fresh and balanced.
About the Winery: Bodegas Roda is a family-owned winery in Rioja that was founded in 1987. The winery was completed in 1991, and the first commercial vintage was 1992. Three tiers of wine have been produced, Roda, Roda I, and Cirsion, all from the estate’s 17 parcels of vines, each of which is vinified separately. No wine is made from vines less than 30 years of age. Roda I focuses on the dark fruit side of the spectrum, while Cirsion is a selection of the best vines within 4 of the 17 blocks.
Winery Website – http://roda.es/en/