On a warm spring day a few years ago, I swirled a glass of Felixir’s Jules d’Oc Rosé served straight from a well-iced esky. Even by Magnum it went quickly — with it’s juicy zestiness, classic strawberry fruit and a bittering finish, akin to a good gin and tonic.
There is no doubt something great about savoring wine outside — enough to convince me to take a bottle al fresco as often as possible. Fortunately, with summer nearing, the amount of time we spend outdoors is on the rise. Even in Victoria. Garden picnics, barbecues, and golden hour apéros give us countless opportunities to toast beyond the confines of the box we call home.
We’ve compiled three of our favorite wines to enjoy in the outdoors and included a 2013 Montalto Pinot Noir for when the sun dips. The Rottier Brouilly Beaujolais is great for unreliable weather, reliably so. So here’s hoping the change in season can lift your spirits and offer new life into what’s in your glass.
Jules Rosé IGT d’Oc France 2019
Dry Jules – at a refreshing price to celebrate Spring’s arrival. Santé!
Rottier Brouilly Beaujolais 2020
Gamay from the cru of Brouilly that’s fruity, energetic, crunchy. An everyday wine and also biodynamic.
Montalto Pinot Noir Mornington Peninsula 2013
Now 8 years old and right in the pocket. It’s really pulling together, and from a stellar vintage.