Cathal McBride: It’s tempting to stick to your favourite summer wine choices, but here’s how you can be more adventurous

Seafoods, salads and lighter fare in warmer weather give us the opportunity to try out interesting alternatives to our usual wines

Harvesting vermentino: one of Italy’s most popular grapes, it is aromatic and an excellent choice for many summer dishes

Although there is technically no season for wine, the weather always has an impact when it comes to the bottles we choose. As warmer months roll gently in, we’re obviously less inclined to reach for a hearty and full-bodied red. With seafood, salads and lighter fare featuring more in our culinary repertoire, we naturally opt for lighter vintages too.

When pairing food with wine in summer, there’s a natural symbiosis that makes it difficult to ...