Duncan Murray’s
al fresco wine tips

Published on May 8, 2012

Here are Duncan Murray’s tips to accompany your al fresco dining this summer…

Wine: Quinta do Correio Dao

Grapes: Jaen, Touriga Nacional, Alfrocheiro, Tinta Roriz
Duncan says: From Portugal, this is a joyously juicy example of a Dao red. It’s a great wine for a picnic as its combination of ripe dark fruits and refreshing edge make it a versatile, food-friendly wine – as well as drinking really well on its own. With its blackberry and raspberry fruit and that lovely mineral quality you get with Dao wines it’ll provide a delightful partner to your cheese, chutney, cold meats and pork pie.
Price: £8.99

Wine: Ciconia Branco

Grapes: Anton Vaz, Viognier, Verdelho
Flavour: This thoroughly enjoyable, easy-going, ‘sunny’ white from Portugal is a great wine for picnics as its mix of tropical and lime fruit flavours and nutty notes will slip down a treat with all kinds of food. If your picnic has an Indian theme, it’ll stand up to spicy samosas and chutneys as well as providing a great wine accompaniment to cold meats, salads, pork pie and cheese.
Price: £8.99

Wine: Domaine le Bosquet Rosé

Grapes: Grenache, Syrah
Flavour: Just looking at this delicate salmon pink rosé transports us to sunny days and al fresco living, so it’s a great addition to your picnic basket. However, this southern French Rosé is not simply a feast for the eyes as it delivers concentrated flavours of red fruits, strawberries, spice and cream making it a wonderful companion to cold meats (particularly ham and pork), fruity chutneys and summery salads.
Price: £7.99

Great Food Club members can enjoy 10% discount at Duncan Murray’s Market Harborough shop on Thursdays.

Matt Wright
The author:

Matt lives in Leicestershire. He is passionate about British pubs, slow food and home brewing. He founded Great Food Club (originally as Great Food Magazine) in 2010 after being inspired by local producers near his home town of Melton Mowbray - Britain's 'Rural Capital of Food'.