Happily, all the wonderful savoury outdoorsy recipes this month call for the same type of wine – bone-dry white, refreshing, crisp and lemony. Just right for the fresh flavours of watercress, carrot and orange in some of the dishes, and spot on with the slight saltiness of feta, and heat of chilli, in others. And do I need to say that crab goes with crisp white wine? A modern, dry English white would be perfect – its light citrus and apple flavours suiting the summer months. It won’t match the chocolate bites though – mugs of steaming cocoa for campers to follow, then.
Fiona Taylor of Christopher Piper Wines suggests trying the Mayval Dry 2009 produced at Manstree Vineyard in Devon, saying, ‘This award winning blend of madeleine angevine and seyval blanc is an extraordinarily good wine. It has a lovely floral bouquet and a crisp, zesty aromatic fruitiness combined with a perfect balancing acidity.’ Available at the Christopher Piper Wines shop in Ottery St Mary, Devon, and on the website priced £10.25.
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