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The Six Best Wines For That Summer Holiday Feeling

by Maria Bell Published on 24 July 2014

Coming back from holiday is an anticlimax but happily for you, we have something that can make sure you’re living the holiday dream for weeks after you return. We’ve found six of the best affordable, delicious summer wines that will help you feel like you’re sitting right back on the Riviera every time you drink them. Best of all? They’re just a supermarket shop away.

Although we’re not encouraging a holiday binge, relaxing with a glass of wine abroad is one of the best things about going away – but what happens when you come back? This summer, that bottle of white you loved so much doesn’t have to become a distant holiday memory.

These ASDA wines, all handpicked by their Master of Wine Philippa Carr, represent some of the best that France and the Mediterranean has to offer. So no matter where you spent your holidays this year, you can still have a taste of the good life with these refreshing wines. Time to make the most of what’s left of British summertime…

1. SPAIN: Alba Signature Albarino 2012

Wondering what that white wine you were drinking all holiday was? It's almost bound to be a Albarino. This relatively unknown wine to most outside of Spain is guaranteed to bring you right back to Barcelona the moment you taste it. Its smooth yet light and minerally taste is hands down the hottest thing to come out of Spain since Nadal...

RRP: £6.00
Available here.

2. SICILY: Gazzera Old Vines Catarratto

Exclusive to ASDA, this Sicilian white is a true gem. With unusual notes of orange and a fresh fruity flavour, this wine sums up the love, warmth and passion that Sicily is all about. Pair with fresh fish or grilled chicken from the BBQ and you’ll be fooled into thinking you’re in the heart of Palermo again.

RRP: £6.00
Available here.

3. FRANCE - Extra Special Chardonnay 2013

If like us, you’ve been holidaying in France for years, this Chardonnay reflects just how much it's changed. A far cry away from the old heavy, oaky Chardonnays this is a refreshing, crisp wine fantastic for enjoying alone or with summer salads. Plus, it's a winner of IWSC Silver and IWC Bronze and is just £5.00 per bottle – what more is there to say?

RRP: £5.00
Available here.

4. ITALY – Extra Special Prosecco NV

There’s no drink that says summer holiday quite like a cool glass of Prosecco and with this bottle, when they say ‘extra special’, they’re really not exaggerating. This is one of the best for taste and value for money there is.

£8.25 down to £6.50
Available here.

5. PORTUGAL - Extra Special 2012 Dao

Recreating your evenings relaxing by a Portuguese sunset doesn’t come much easier than with this Dao. Made from the traditional port grapes mix, it doesn't get much more authentic, which is a find for this price. With everything a good summer red should have – not overpowering and with hints of fruit – this is the epitome of Portuguese passion right on your doorstep.

RRP: £7.25
Available here.

6. GERMANY - Prinz von Hessen H Riesling, 2012 Rheingau

German wine doesn’t often get the credit it deserves with the Great British Public, but if you bother to take just a brief look, you’ll find some absolute beauties. This £10 bottle might stretch the bank a bit, but its interesting combination of sweet and citrus notes will have you toasting your adventures in the Deutschland all summer long.

RRP: £10.47
Available here.

Alba Signature Albarino 2012 © ASDA

All wines can be purchased at ASDA and should be enjoyed responsibly.

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