Olly Smith’s best wines for barbecues

I love kicking off a BBQ with a fruity fizz such as sparkling Pecorino (an Italian grape, not the cheese). Pinks from Provence are delicious but buy from around Beziers for similar quality for a smaller price. In warmer weather try chilling a light red such as Beaujolais or an Argentinian Malbec for a beefier bottle. As for whites, look out for Italian bargains such as Vista Castelli Trebbiano d’Abruzzo at Tesco (£4).

Best wines for barbecues

FINEST GAVI DOCG

WINE OF THE WEEK: FINEST GAVI DOCG 2021 (12.5%), £9, Tesco. Pure and bright as a citrus diamond, this is a pristine gem for less than a tenner.

BEAUJOLAIS

BEAUJOLAIS AOP NV (12.5%), £5.50, Co-Op. Serve this light French red cool for the full refreshing crunchy cherry effect.

SPECIALLY SELECTED COTEAUX DE BÉZIERS ROSÉ

SPECIALLY SELECTED COTEAUX DE BÉZIERS ROSÉ 2021 (12.5%), £6.99, Aldi. Scented and peachy, this elegant bottle is a gorgeous steal for a sunny feast.

 LOVED & FOUND SPARKLING PECORINO

LOVED & FOUND SPARKLING PECORINO NV (12%), £8.99, Waitrose. A fabulously fresh and fruity alternative to Prosecco – pour this bubbly brilliance now!