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Wines to serve alfresco

With UK pubs and bars set to reopen for outdoors service next Monday 12th April, we’ve curated a purchasing list full of fantastic wines that will be great to serve your customers whilst alfresco dining.

With four of these wines coming in at under £10 and two under £21, what more could you ask for? If you’re interested in adding them to your menu, we’ve included the links to the merchant’s and producer’s websites below, as well as those all-important tasting notes.

Happy sipping!




Rosé is an obvious choice and for good reason. Juicy and compulsively drinkable, an ultimate by-the-glass wine for alfresco quaffing. We recommend…

Bartolomeo Breganze, Le Colline di San Giorgio, Pinot Grigio Rosé 2019, Veneto, Italy

'A very refreshing rosé, with some minerality and a touch of savoury character. It's quite precise and subtle, with an elegant frame.' Olivier Gasselin, OenoTrade.

'Fresh, delicate redcurrants and strawberries, with some crisp acidity.' Vivienne Franks, Aspects of Wine.

'Notes of fresh strawberries, green melon, roses and yellow peach - excellent value for money.' Emanuel Pesqueira, Edwardian Hotels London.

£6.01 Majestic Commercial


Vinho Verde

Vinho Verde, a popular white wine with an occasional faint green hue and youthful profile. Great with sunshine and clear skies. We recommend…

Casa Ermelinda Freitas, Campos do Minho 2018, Vinho Verde, Portugal

'With lots of spritz, apple and pear fruit and some good acidity and freshness, this would work really well for a bar's by-the-glass offering.' Jade Koch, team leader.

'Fresh, zesty and citrusy, with a palate that's vibrant and refreshing. A great match with mussels.' Filippo Pastorini, consultant.

'A classic spritzy number that you could drink all day long.' Joshua Castle, Noble Rot.

£4.22 Casa Ermelinda Freitas




Riesling, a perfect choice for alfresco dining with its light body, citrus aromas and naturally high acidity. Varying wildly from dry to sweet, there’s a style to suit everyone. We recommend…

Robert Weil, Kiedricher, Riesling Trocken 2018, Rheingau, Germany

'A well-built wine that's young and powerful, with some bright citrus zest notes as well as ripe tropical fruits.' Jurijs Nemkovs, StreetXO.

'This is very light and poised, with some white tea and jasmine on the nose leading to vibrant acidity rubbed with lemon zest and green apple. A balanced and light wine, but with great structure too.' Tim Handley, Royal Automobile Club.

£20.51 Bibendum



For an off-the-beaten-path white, Txakoli, from the Basque region in Spain, will make your taste buds tingle. Citrusy and acidic with saline notes, its slight effervescence is texturally fun without being full-on bubbly. We recommend…

Gorka Izagirre, Txakolí G22 2017, Bizkaiko Txakolina, Spain

'Highly refreshing acidity and subtle underripe stone fruits and Granny Smith apples - a light white wine to be served as an aperitif or with soft cheeses.' Jurijs Nemkovs, StreetXO.

'Notes of candied apple, lemons, mango and pineapple, as well as some rose blossom.' Sam Winterbottom, The Albert Square Chop House.

£13.25 Boutinot


Gamay & Cinsault

We couldn’t possibly recommend you a list of wines without recommending a red. Standing up to the outdoor whites above are these perfect, red, light-bodied varieties, Gamay and Cinsault. They are just as alfresco-worthy as the whites, and benefit from being served a little cold. We recommend…

Hospices de Beaujeu , Bourgogne Gamay 2018, Burgundy, France

'Juicy red cherries and red rose aromas, with velvety tannins and a delicate, earthy finish.' Valentin Radosav, Gymkhana Restaurant London.

'A bright and exuberant wine with firm tannins and a smooth finish.' Michael Driscoll, Careys Manor Hotel & SenSpa.

'A lovely, sappy young Pinot with a fresh, floral and red fruit nose. Outstanding value. Charcuterie, please!' Nigel Lister, St. Swithins Wine Shippers.

£7.21 Baythorne

Waterkloof, Seriously Cool, Cinsault 2018, Stellenbosch, South Africa

'Light in style, but with lots of character, including some wild, funky red fruit aromas and some crunchy, sweet fruit on the palate.' Charlie Young, team leader.

'With strawberries and flowers on the nose, and a fresh, light mouthfeel, this is a great aperitif, and a very good option for tuna tartare or tuna ceviche.' Filippo Pastorini, consultant.

£9.60 Boutinot


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Good luck braving the UK’s ever-changing weather over the next few weeks. We’re so happy that hospitality can finally reopen its doors.