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The best picnic wines to try this spring

 

Shop Cuvée 

Specialising in natural wine, Shop Cuvée in north London will be delivering drinks to local picnickers in Clissold Park and Highbury Fields, with more locations announced soon. We asked co-owner Brodie Meah to share four of his favourite wines for a picnic in the park…

Le Coste, Pizzicante Bianco, Procanico, Moscato (£23.50) is a Pet Nat is built for summer. It has sherbet acidity with a huge aroma of pithy citrus, perfect to pop in the garden with friends or to drink over a long sunny lunch on a terrace.

Cantina Giardino, Volpe Rosa, Coda di Volpe (£30.50) is an elegant rosato that has had a facelift this year with a fancy new label, making it the perfect gift. It also fits the bill perfectly as something to drink before heading out for a summer evening. With only two days macerating on skins, this is pure juice with no tannins to be seen, making it ideal to drink without food.

Weingut Pitneur, Perfect Day, Chardonnay Blend (£22.50) is an orange wine that maintains freshness and acidity, perfect for a day of drinking wine (the clue is in the name!). It’s made with a blend of local varieties all macerated on the skins separately and blended together before bottling. The key is the chardonnay juice sees no skin contact which adds a real vibrant, zippy acidity to the wine.

Domaine Durrmann, Zegwur, Gewurztraminer (£22.50) is an expression from The Durrmann family in Alsace. It takes all the floral aromatics of Gewurztraminer but ferments it to dryness while maintaining a wicked acidity and ultra lively, energetic wine that just jumps out of the glass, the lack of any sulfur additions really allows this wine to sing.

The best rums to try this spring

Spirited Coconut

The Spirited Union Distillery in Amsterdam is the world’s first botanical rum distillery, and their new release Spirited Coconut unites tropical Belizean rum with sun-dried organic coconut flakes,  infused with MAdagascan vanilla and Peruvian cacao.

£27.50, spirited-union.com

Dictador Rum

The Parra family in Colombia have distilled Dictador Rum for three generations, and their new collaboration with Lalique houses a unique blend of 1976 vintages in spectacular crystal carafes. Just 300 uniquely designed bottles are available worldwide.

dictador.com

Spirited Coconut

The Spirited Union Distillery in Amsterdam is the world’s first botanical rum distillery, and their new release Spirited Coconut unites tropical Belizean rum with sun-dried organic coconut flakes,  infused with MAdagascan vanilla and Peruvian cacao.

£27.50, spirited-union.com

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