Barbecue man and women lookingBarbecued red meat and robustly-flavoured red wines are well matched. But where are we white wine drinkers in this mass of red? The lighter tasting flavours of white wines go well with barbecued fish, chicken, vegetable kebabs and salads. These foods will often have picked up a smoke-laced tang and so need wines made with more fruity-flavoured white grape varieties for a better match. Gooseberry tasting Sauvignon Blanc and the honey tones of a Colombard go well.

newspaper pileMind you keeping white wines cold while the sun shines and the barbecue radiates heat is tricky, but not insoluble. For a quick and cheap solution, wrap your whites in newspaper soaked in water. As the water evaporates it takes the heat away, so keeping your wine cool for about half an hour. For a longer lasting solution, stand your white wines in a mixture of water and icecubes.

PG Wine Reviews

SPAR Italian Pinot Grigio 2014

£5.50 SPAR

A quaffable white with light floral apple and peach flavours.

Chilean whiteSPAR Italian Garganega Pinot Grigio

£6.29 SPAR

Add a dash of Garganega to the previous wine and the result is this – a lovely fresh wine that tastes of home-made lemonade with a dash of cinnamon. Yum.

Truly Irresistible Italian Greco 2014

£6.99 Co-op (new)

It may be new but it'll be easy to spot – just look out for a bottle with Dracula on the label. Yes, hmm. Nice wine though – lemon, apricot and honey.

Co-op Truly Irresistible Australian Chardonnay 2014 (new)

£6.99 Co-op

This new addition to the Co-op range is a great match to grilled chicken pasted with garlic butter with its almost smoky flavours backed up with creamy melon and peach.

Dark Horse Californian Chardonnay 2013

£9 Sainsbury's

Creamy apple and pear flavors with a bit of banana creaminess.

This article also appeared as Paula's Wines of the Week on MatureTimes.co.uk

the sunSummer is now officially here and with it the hope of sultry days and the need for a cooling drink. So now’s the time to choose chilled whites as these make a good choice for wine lovers looking for refreshment.

woman drinking wineFinally scientists have finally found something to celebrate about the female condition. It seems women who drink wine put on fewer pounds than teetotallers of the same sex. So you can tuck into a couple of glasses of wine every night and still stay slim. There are a couple of provisos: limiting yourself to drinking two glasses a night and those glasses should contain red wine.

Lidl logoLaunched into store at the end of last week, Lidl's 40 new additions to its Wine Cellar range make tasty and affordable accompaniments to any meal. Ranging in price from £4.79 to £16.99 these new wines hail from the well-known wine regions of Spain, Germany, France, Portugal, Italy and Chile but boast some lesser-known grape varieties. But how good are they? I tasted eight of the new range, all priced under £8.99, and the results varied from the out right spectacular to the alright.