Is there anything more perfect than the thought of sipping a glass of your favourite red while watching the sunset? It’s a truly cinematic image, making us think of long summer nights or holidays abroad.
If you want to recreate this scene for yourself this summer, you might be wondering what wines are best. With so many options out there, sometimes it can be difficult to make a decision. We’ve put together a guide with three wines that pair perfectly with a beautiful sunset.
There is a huge variety of different red wines, from the luxurious Cabernet Sauvignon to the Chateau Mouton Rothschild which you can find on Millésima.
Generally speaking, we drink red wine with dinner, particularly if we’re eating rich, heavy foods like red meat or game. If you’re watching the sunset, the chances are that you have already eaten your evening meal, and you may be full or perhaps even sampling some cheese or dessert.
What this means is that you need to choose carefully when selecting a red wine for sunset. You don’t want something that’s too heavy, as it can be unpleasant to drink full-bodied dinner reds with no meal to accompany them.
We recommend trying a Pinot Noir for your sunset scene. Pinot Noir wines are light and fresh and are lower in tannins when compared to most other reds, making for a palatable drink that will be perfect for a summer’s evening sunset after dinner.
For some people, even the lighter red wines can be a little heavy, especially if you are drinking them by themselves with no food to balance out the rich flavours. If this sounds like you, thankfully there are still options available if you want to sip a wine at sunset, a white wine can be a perfect alternative.
White wines are typically much lighter than reds, more suited to dishes like chicken, fish or salads. They can be drunk more easily on their own too, and pair well with various kinds of cheese.
If you’re looking for a white wine to enjoy at sunset, you can’t go wrong with a Sauvignon Blanc. This playful white is easy to drink and contains fresh herbal tastes and aromas, often with undercurrents of berries and fruits.
If you’re enjoying a cheeseboard at sunset, a Sauvignon Blanc can be the perfect accompaniment, especially if you’re serving soft cheeses like feta or burrata.
Dry Riesling can be another wonderful white to drink at sunset. These wines can be smokier than Sauvignon Blanc and often contain more floral characteristics.
The key here is to experiment. Try out a few different wines and see which one matches your perfect sunset the best.
Watching the sunset with a loved one or even by yourself can be a truly magical experience. With a glass of your favourite wine by your side, it can be even better. If you’ve been searching high and low for that perfect sunset wine, use this guide to help you choose the right one for you.