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Want to know the secret behind the most lip smacking, thirst quenching, glug glug glug making wines? Acid & Sugar. When the sun is shining and the patio is warming up nicely the reason that favourite summer sip is just so damn drinkable is Acid & Sugar.

It’s not that tricky to get your head around if you think outside the world of vino (we know - tough). Great homemade lemonade is a balance between the acid from the lemon and the added sugar. The same can be said for a lip smacking G&T with a twist of lime; there’s plenty of acidity from the gin flavours, the lime and even the tonic; but have a look on the back of the bottle & check out the sugar content.

The balance between Sweet & Sour/Bitter/Acid is the foundation of professional cooking and the cornerstone of making any drink thirst quenching. It’s that combination of mouth watering acidity & moreish sugar that leaves us reaching for another glass.

Good wine creates this magic by allowing the grapes to have long, slow ripening periods. Too short with not enough summer sun and grapes will have plenty of acid but not enough natural sugar.

Too long and acidity will drop off and leave you with a sugary mess. In the wine world we call that ‘flabby’ - don’t know why...

Bad producers will cover up mistakes after picking in the vat, with the addition of powdered sweeteners and acids. Good producers get it right in the fields, through years of experience getting to know the often unpredictable nature of their local climate.

It’s these thirst quenching kings & queens that we call Patio Wines. Wine not for savouring, not for aging and not even for pairing. Just cracking open and pouring long and large. These aren’t just white wines either - if you’re that red guy/gal that feels left out when the sun’s out. Fear not. There are plenty of light reds with plenty of acidity & sweet fruit to refresh any rosso lover.

If you haven’t already, check out our Patio Wines collection in store. Be warned they go fast, from the store and your glass.

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