4 white Riojas to see you through summer

Switch from a warming red to a cool, crisp white wine. Here's what you should be drinking this summer.

With the arrival of warmer weather (hopefully!) and lighter evenings, our thoughts turn to swapping a deep, full bodied red wine for a chilled, crisp white. But what's hot for this year?

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It's time to welcome in the white Rioja, the must-have wine style of the season.

From the zingy flavours of unoaked styles to more traditional barrel-fermented oaked white wines, it is made predominantly from the Viura grape - but other white grapes which can be used to make white Rioja wines include the lesser known Tempranillo Blanco, Malvasía, Garnacha Blanca, Maturana Blanca, Verdejo, Turruntés as well as the better known international varieties such as Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

Here are for you to try this summer:

The one for catching up with friends - Luis Alegre Blanco Viura 2016, £9.50

A distinctive and unoaked style of white Rioja made from the Viura grape variety. The fresh and fruity aromas of green apples and grassy hints make this a perfect partner to a relaxed drink with friends, al fresco.

The one for a BBQ - Navajas Blanco Crianza 2014, from £8.50

A traditional Crianza white Rioja, meaning the wine has spent at least six months in barrel, with a rounded texture. The subtle oak ageing of this wine brings a hint of sweet vanilla and complexity making it the perfect partner to barbecued fish and white meats.

The one that'll please the crowds - Bodegas Ontañón Tierras del Isasa 2016, £11

A modern-style of white Rioja packed full of vibrant flavours of pear, white peach and green plum with a lovely balance of acidity and a refreshing finish. The perfect foil to hard cheeses such as Manchego or even classic Spanish anchovies.

The one for a family lunch - Viña Albina 2016, £8.99

A wine with a big personality and full of rich peach and apricot aromas expressing both the Viura grape and the elegance from the American oak barrels. The oak ageing gives it a creamy texture and elegant finish which makes this an ideal match for grilled fish or even creamy pasta dishes.

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