Whether you’re sitting on Murray Mound or watching from the comfort of your living room, Wimbledon is strawberry season so it’s the perfect accompaniment to an afternoon enjoying the tennis.
Wines and fruit work well together, both possessing a balance of sugar and acidity that make them so refreshingly delicious – and strawberries are no exception. The classic treat is to drop a strawberry into a flute of Champagne – or English Sparkling Wine, for that matter! Lanson are official sponsors of Wimbledon, and you could do a lot worse than splurging on a bottle to treat yourself!
If you’re just nibbling on a pack of freshly picked strawberries, sipping a cool glass of fruity white such as a Kiwi Sauvignon is a great way to while away the hours while watching the athletes do all the hard work.
With a creamy, crunchy, Eton Mess, a wine with a touch more sweetness is called for. Not too heavy though – and Chateau de Champteloup from the Coteaux du Layon in the Loire is a wonderful pairing. Packed with honey and apple flavours, with fine acidity to balance out the rich flavours and just a touch of spice on the finish.
If you’re having a few friends around, go crazy and mix wine with strawberries in a White Wine Punch. It’s a brilliantly refreshing way to enjoy a cool and tasty strawberry-infused drink.
Wimbledon Wine Punch – Serves 6
Hull 300g of strawberries and place in tupperware before liberally sprinkling them with sugar, then adding some fresh basil leaves. Place the top on the container and give it a quick shake to mix. Leave to soak for about 15 minutes. The sugar will draw out some of the juice from the fruit.
Next up, find a punchbowl! An ice bucket is a pretty good size for this. Fill about halfway with ice. Throw in a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc – such as El Viajero Sauvignon from Chilé – and add the strawberry and basil mix, juice and all. Stir well, and add about 200ml of Belvoir Elderflower Cordial, then add 250ml of Pickering’s Gin.
Give it a quick stir, then ladle liberally into mugs or glasses and pass to thirsty friends.
Perfect for enjoying the game, set, and match.