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Summer Drinks

Summer’s here! With heatwaves forecast for July, why not stock up your drinks cabinet ready to make some fabulous summer cocktails.

Here are our summer favourites. Perfect to sip around the pool, at a barbecue or while enjoying the sunshine in the garden.

Port Tonic


Simply fill a glass with ice. Add a measure of White Port and top with tonic water. Stir to mix. Garnish with a lime wedge and enjoy.

While Port is also fantastic on its own just poured over ice. For more information on White Port, check out our previous post here.

Kir Royale

Ingredients (serves 6)

  • 6 tablespoons of Creme de Cassis
  • 1 Bottle of Champagne (we recommend Deutz Brut Classic Champagne)
  • Strips of tangerine or orange zest to garnish

Pour 1 tablespoon of Creme de Cassis into each glass. Fill with Champagne and garnish with zest. Serve immediately.

Summer Fruit Rose Sangria


  • Handful of blueberries
  • Handful of blackberries
  • Handful of hulled strawberries
  • Handful of raspberries
  • 1 tablespoon of fine sugar
  • 5 tablespoons of Framboise
  • 1 bottle of chilled rose wine (we recommend Cantina Campagnola Bardolino Chiaretto Classico)
  • 10fl oz white cranberry juice

In a large jug, combine the fruit and stir in the sugar. Add the Framboise and allow to rest for 1 hour. Add in the wine and cranberry juice and serve chilled.

Classic Bellini


Add the peach puree to the bottom of a chilled champagne flute. Fill the glass halfway with prosecco and stir well. Allow the froth to settle and top up with prosecco.

Enjoy Your Summer!

Hope you enjoy your summer and these drinks recipes.

To help you do just that you can enjoy 10% off all orders placed through our online shop – just enter code SUMMER2015 at the checkout*.

* Offer applies to all orders (excluding delivery) placed before midnight on 31st July 2015.

Image by Evan Swigart from Chicago, USA (Sangria) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Wine Merchant Top 100 Wines

The Wine Merchant recently announced it’s top 100 wines for 2015.

The Wine Merchant competition is not like other wine competitions. The competition is devoted to wines in available in independent wine shops (just like ours). The wines are entered and judged entirely by specialist independent wine retailers. There are no large supermarkets, specialist chains or major online retailers vying for their wines to feature. To win, wines have to be more than good, or even excellent. They have to be wines that independent retailers would be proud to offer for sale.

This year a total of 430 wines were entered for judging in 5 categories. With a total of 16 judges, two main tasting rounds followed by a final tasting by the judging chairman and senior judges plus final checks to ensure the winning wines are genuinely independent-focused and available in the UK, the judging is a fastidious process.

The top 100 wines were split across the following categories:

  • Sparkling Wines – 7
  • White Wines – 33
  • Red Wines – 54
  • Rose Wines – 2
  • Fortified and Dessert Wines – 4

We are extremely proud that out of the top 7 champagnes selected – our Deutz Brut Classic Champagne Non Vintage is included!

The Deutz Brut Classic is an elegant Champagne, which has made Deutz one of the most respected of all Champagne houses. The non-vintage Champagne is matured according to traditional methods from a blend of several vintages from twenty of the best crus until it reaches a perfect balance of flavor. All in all, a fantastic Champagne and well deserving of a place in the top 100!