With the sun finally making a substantial appearance in the United Kingdom, I’m sure you’ll all be heading outside on your lunch breaks or just for a spot of lunch in the garden. Let’s be honest, who doesn’t enjoy a little tipple with your light summer lunches? I know I do. However if you choose the wrong tipple, it could topple your afternoon productivity. If you can get away with an afternoon kip in front of the cricket, then grab that big-hitting Aussie red and don’t look back. However if you want to enjoy a little drink and still produce some valuable work in the afternoon, choose your drink carefully.
There are many options available for the rosé and white wine drinker, but what about us red fanatics? Usually marketed as being perfect for fire-side sipping, you can always find a red perfect for those lunch-time moments.
So which wines can you enjoy?
Look for the grapes with the lighter fruity flavours including some strawberries and raspberries. These are likely to be found in cooler climate vineyards, and consist of grape varieties like Gamay, Pinot Noir, and Merlot. These will perfectly compliment your lunch without making you feel sluggish for the afternoon. Of course we don’t advise drinking 3 or 4 glasses, but if you’re just looking for the one, these will be perfect.
Merlot has a very thin skin which makes it susceptible to rot, however if grown correctly it will give you a lovely cherry and plum toned subtle character. Usually you’ll find merlot to be a little lower in alcohol and you won’t find much tannin either, perfect for lunch time enjoyment.
Gamay is a wonderful easy-drinking wine with red fruit flavours, mostly grown in the Beaujolais region in France and the South of Burgundy. It’s another perfect tipple for lunch due to its soft tannins and fruity flavours. Not quite as power-packed as some but enough to quench the thirst.
These wines will leave you satisfied, refreshed and ready for the afternoon ahead.