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Summer wines that are light and bright - and sustainable

Purato Catarratto Pinot Grigio
Purato Catarratto Pinot Grigio

If you are looking for some light and bright summer wines that also tick the vegan-friendly box, check out the newly re-launched 'super- sustainable' Purato range of wines from Sicily.

They describe themselves as "green to the extreme' and are celebrating their 10th birthday this year.  They have been organic since 2009,  are carbon neutral certified and 80% of the glass used is recycled.

Purato have been 100% vegan-friendly since 2015 and even their labels are made with recycled paper. All very impressive but are they any good, I hear you ask? Indeed they are.

Purato Catarratto Pinot Grigio is made with 60% Catarratto grapes and 40% Pinot Grigio, both varieties grown in organic vineyards in the Trapani area, north of Marsala to the extreme west of the island of Sicily.  It is a fresh floral and citrussy wine, with tropical fruit aromas and flavours nicely balanced with good acidity.  This is a great wine for an aperitif as well as with seafood pasta dishes, salads and light summery chicken dishes.

Purato Rose is made primarily from the Nero D’Avola grape, grown again in the Trapani area North of Marsala. The grapes are gently pressed and only minimal skin contact is allowed which results in its beautiful pale, blush colour, more on the salmon side of pink. On the nose you get juicy red berry and summer fruit aromas which carry on through to the palate, along with a lovely minerality.  This is a really versatile wine for summer foods particularly grilled and spicy foods.

Both retail for £8.99 from good independents and online.

Cavit’s new Terazza Della Luna Pinot Grigio Rosato 2018 will also appeal to lovers of a good Pinot Grigio rose. This is another wonderfully pale and elegant looking Rose, made from grapes grown in the Lagarina Valley in the central-south area of Trentino. It is a fresh and fruity Pinot Grigio with red fruit and floral notes both on the nose and on the palate you get crisp fruity flavours with hints of apple and pears.  It makes great match with seafood and shellfish dishes.

This wine also retails for £8.99 online and from good independents.  Lighten up and enjoy this summer. Cheers!

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