The ultimate start-of-Summer wines and cocktails


24 Oct 2016

What is it about Summer time approaching that makes us so prone to making bucket lists? Have you vowed to start a vegetable garden, go on a road trip, do more picnics or even fire up the braai more this balmy season?

Well regardless of your ambitious (or not so ambitious) Summer plans, hot days call for frosty sips and refreshing bevvies! Take a break from the heat by tasting your way through these start-of-Summer wines and cocktails:  

Klein Zalze – Chenin Blanc (Wooded or Unwooded)

Discernably South African in style, Klein Zalze wines are marked by a classic structure and complexity that is unmistakable. Ok, let’s put that in layman Summer plan terms! Their wooded and unwooded Chenin Blanc varietals are unrivalled when it comes to creating a symphony of refreshing flavours – especially when paired with platters of seafood, spades of sunshine and great company. And the good news is that you don’t need to travel out to Stellenbosch to pick up these varietals at cellar prices – just stop in at your nearest Checkers Wine Route and stock up. Take a tour around the Checkers wine selection here.  

Odd Bins – Bin 206

Long, warm Summer days are the best time to discover the secret of the Checkers Odd Bins range. Every now and then they source limited quantities of vintage releases by (often famous) South African wine brands. Chosen by a panel of experts, each wine is given a unique bin number and is bottled in limited quantities. And when it comes to the Odd Bins Sauvignon Blanc selection, these are often blended with Sémillon and are bursting with fresh green and pepper-like flavours with uplifting hints of fig, litchi and gooseberry. Bin 206 is currently one of the most popular numbers up for grabs – look for it at your local Checkers. Find out more about the exclusive Checkers Odd Bins range here.

Krone Rosé Cuvée Brut

If it has bubbles, it’s worth celebrating! This vintage Rosé Cuvée Brut is dressed in a fashionable pink from top to bottom that will make you feel instantly festive. Nurtured by Krone at Twee Jonge Gezellen Estate in Tulbagh, and harvested under the stars, this is the perfect bottle to add a dash of allure to your summer sunsets. View more of the Checkers Wine Route sparkling wine and champagne range here.    

Frosé Cocktail

This cocktail will make you feel like a kid again! Nothing takes you back to those nostalgic summer holidays more than an ice-cold slushie or frozen lolly packed with fruity flavours. And now you can even add some rosé to the mix for a grown-up version! Get the recipe here.

Whisky Hot and Sour Cocktail

While at first glance this cocktail does seem a little like a winter-warmer with the hot and spicy undertones. However, this hot & sour whisky recipe from Checkers LiquorShop is surprisingly cool and refreshing at the same time. Making it the perfect sundowner sip for the end of a long day adventuring or lazing in the sun. Get the recipe here.

From cork poppers to twist caps, you’re guaranteed to have fun exploring these – and more – start-of-summer wines and cocktails. Just pair with sunscreen and you’re good to go!  

ALSO READ: Gin for beginners: all you need to know about this popular spirit



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