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by Olly Smith
Is there anything finer than a day at the beach? The sun gleaming off the glinting ocean, the colourful splashing of recreational bathers, the distant promise of an ice cream to cool off – or even better, a fresh buzzing glass of vibrant vino!
Here’s to the start of the British social calendar where golden moments abound at Henley, Royal Ascot, Wimbledon and Lord’s stretching across the summer. For big social occasions such as these, or indeed when you’re at home entertaining with an informal Sunday barbecue or a full-on summer party, a great way to lavish your nearest and dearest with bottled splendor is with excellent wines poured from larger format bottles.
Summer sun, golf and beaches galore might spring to mind as soon as Portugal gets a mention. But the landscape is actually far more varied than you'd imagine, with the northern mountains, cork forests, wetlands and coast all creating fascinating backdrops for making a huge variety of wine styles. As far as vino is concerned, Portugal is still Europe's best kept secret with wines of immense character, diversity and value for money. How come?
The first rule of food and wine matching is: do you like it? There’s a world of nonsense surrounding this topic, just as there are some hard facts to help you make the best choices and get extra enjoyment for free whether you’re at home or in a restaurant. But the most important thing to understand is that your palate behaves uniquely.