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Sipping Through Summer: Tennis, Football, Cocktails, and More at Wine Rack

June 17th 2024

Summer is here, and what better way to embrace the season than with a refreshing drink in hand? Whether you’re a tennis enthusiast, catching the latest football matches or simply enjoying a sunny afternoon in your garden, Wine Rack has everything you need to make the most of the warm weather. This month, we’re diving into the history and fun facts of Tennis, highlighting our top summer drinks, and showcasing the fantastic products we have in store. Let’s serve up some fun!

Tennis: A Storied Tradition

The oldest tennis tournament in the world, is a British summer staple. First held in 1877, this prestigious event has seen countless legends grace its grass courts. Here are a few fun facts to impress your friends:

  1. Grass Courts:  It is the only Grand Slam still played on grass, maintaining a tradition dating back to the sport’s origins.
  2. Strawberries and Cream: Spectators consume around 28,000 kilograms of strawberries and 10,000 litres of cream every year during the tournament.
  3. Royal Box: The Royal Box, reserved for the Royal Family and their guests, has hosted numerous famous personalities over the years.
  4. White Attire: Players are required to wear white clothing, a rule strictly enforced since the tournament’s inception.

Summer Drinks to Savour

Summer is synonymous with refreshing beverages. At Wine Rack, we have an array of drinks perfect for your garden parties, picnics, or quiet evenings on the patio. Here are some top picks from our collection:

Asahi: Crisp, clean, and refreshing, Asahi Super Dry is Japan’s number one beer. It’s the perfect accompaniment to sushi, sashimi, and light appetizers.

Budvar : This Czech lager is renowned for its rich flavour and deep golden hue. Budvar offers a perfect balance of malt sweetness and hop bitterness, making it a versatile choice for any summer gathering.

Corona: No summer is complete without Corona. This light, crisp lager is best enjoyed with a wedge of lime, adding a zesty twist to its smooth, refreshing taste. Ideal for BBQs and beach days.

Pimms – (Free Pimms Jug with Purchase) : Nothing says British summer like a glass of Pimm’s. This classic gin-based drink, mixed with lemonade and a medley of fruits, is a staple at the Tennis and garden parties alike. Purchase your Pimm’s at Wine Rack and receive a free jug – perfect for sharing.

Belvedere Vodka: Crafted from 100% Polish rye, Belvedere Vodka offers a smooth and creamy texture. Its clean, crisp finish makes it an excellent base for a variety of cocktails.

Absolut Vodka: Known for its purity and natural ingredients, Absolut Vodka is a versatile spirit. Its rich, full-bodied flavour blends seamlessly into cocktails, ensuring a delightful drinking experience.

Malfy Gin: Malfy Gin captures the essence of Italian craftsmanship with its vibrant citrus flavours. Distilled with juniper, lemons from the Amalfi Coast, and other botanicals, Malfy is a refreshing addition to any summer cocktail.

Medusa Albariño : This Spanish white wine is known for its vibrant acidity and notes of citrus and stone fruits. Medusa Albariño is a delightful companion to seafood dishes and light salads.

The Pale : A beautifully delicate rosé, The Pale offers flavours of fresh strawberries, watermelon, and a hint of citrus. Its light, crisp profile makes it an excellent choice for summer sipping.

Beronia Rioja Reserva : Rich and full-bodied, Beronia Rioja Reserva boasts flavours of ripe berries, vanilla, and spices. This elegant red wine pairs wonderfully with grilled meats and hearty dishes.

Cocktail of the Month: Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Indulge in our luxurious cocktail of the month, Breakfast at Tiffany’s. This exquisite blend of Belvedere Vodka, Rosé Wine, Raspberry Syrup, and Lemon Juice is shaken to perfection, creating a classic fruity martini that’s sure to impress. Serve it chilled and garnish with fresh raspberries for an elegant touch.

In-Store Tasting Events

Our in-store tasting events are a fantastic opportunity to explore new products and discover your next favourite drink. Here’s what we have lined up for you this month:

21st & 22nd June 

Mass Surani Heraclea Prim 75cl:

This robust red wine from Italy is rich in dark fruit flavours, complemented by notes of chocolate and spices. It’s perfect for pairing with red meats and mature cheeses.

Louis Jadot Bourgogne Chardonnay 75cl:

A classic French Chardonnay, this wine offers a harmonious balance of fruit and oak, with flavours of apple, pear, and a touch of vanilla. Ideal for seafood and poultry dishes.

Luxardo Limoncello 70cl:

A traditional Italian liqueur, Luxardo Limoncello is vibrant and zesty, with intense lemon flavours. Serve chilled as a digestif or use it to add a citrus kick to cocktails.

28th June & 29th June 

Wingman 4 x 330ml:

Wingman’s craft beers are perfect for beer enthusiasts looking to try something new. With a variety of styles available, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Marques De Murrieta Rioja:

A classic Rioja, this wine is full-bodied with rich flavours of dark berries, plum, and spices. Its smooth tannins make it an excellent choice for red meat and game dishes.

Louis Jadot Chablis:

This crisp and mineral-driven Chablis is a superb example of French winemaking. With notes of green apple, citrus, and a hint of flint, it pairs beautifully with seafood and light pasta dishes.

5th July & 6th July

Villa Marcello Prosecco:

This Italian Prosecco is light and bubbly, with notes of green apple, pear, and a touch of floral. Perfect for celebrations and as an aperitif.

Tommasi Valpolicella Ripasso:

A rich and velvety red wine from Italy, Tommasi Valpolicella Ripasso features flavours of dark cherries, plum, and a hint of spice. It’s a great match for pasta dishes and roasted meats.

Louis Jadot Bourgogne Pinot Noir:

This elegant Pinot Noir offers delicate flavours of red berries, cherry, and subtle earthiness. It’s a versatile wine that pairs well with a variety of dishes, from poultry to mushroom-based recipes.

12th July & 13th July:

Louis Jadot Macon Blanc Village:

A delightful French white wine, Louis Jadot Macon Blanc Village is fresh and fruity with notes of apple, pear, and a touch of citrus. It’s a perfect match for salads and seafood.

Cîroc Limonata & Schweppes Lemonade 2ltr:

Elevate your summer cocktails with Cîroc Limonata. This premium vodka, infused with natural lemon flavours, is refreshingly vibrant. Pair it with Schweppes Lemonade for a zesty and invigorating drink.

Find Your Local Store and Discover More

Ready to explore these fantastic drinks? Visit our store locator to find your nearest Wine Rack. Check out our latest offers and make the most of your summer with Wine Rack.

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