When was the last time you actually chose to drink rose? We all enjoyed it when we were spotty teenagers, however it’s cool to drink rose again and there are some superb selections on the shelves these days.

Best of all, they are so flexible with food. Personally, I edge towards the light, salmon pink versions from the Provence with their floral noses, crushed raspberries on the palate and crisp refreshing finishes.

That said, I’ve also grown rather fond of the slightly butcher South American roses made from grapes like cabernet and syrah. They sometimes have the appearance of a thin wishy-washy red but don’t let that put you off as they have an easy affiliation with grilled vegetables or pork.

One thing to remember with rose wines though is never to overpower them when partnering with food. Fish, chicken, pork and veg are in but T-bones are out.

Coteaux Varois-en-Provence

Hints of peaches on the nose with a punnet or two of strawberries on the palate. The finish is crisp, clean and refreshing.

Aldi £6.49

Marrenon Rosefine, Mediterranee

A delightful wine with a lovely citrus and white flower nose leading into a palate dominated in a gentle refreshing way by freshly picked raspberries.

Oddbins £11