Continuing the theme of patio wines, I thought we could take a leisurely look at three classic still wine styles to share with your neighbours this summer.

Mosel Riesling Kabinet is always high on my list, as much for its flexibility as its unique waxy fruity style. I love the soft peachy flavours, the full waxy palate that lingers and the crisp acidity on these wines and they pair superbly with a wide range of snacks and shellfish.

Pinot Grigio is a grape that's grown on me in recent years and while Italy is still the spiritual home of the grape, I've been really enjoying the Aussie and Kiwi versions of late. They are cracking aperitif wines but, for a real treat, try one with a crab salad.

My third choice may surprise you but do give it a go. I love a sweet white wine in the summer, especially a Sauterne or an Aussie Muscat. The sweetness is tempered and the flavours are enhanced by serving them as cool as a penguin’s bottom, but keep the bottle on ice and pair with a rich blue cheese.

As the Beatles comes the sun!

Villa Maria Pinot Grigio NZ

With refreshing melons and pears on the nose and a crisp, clean palate, this is one of life’s delights for the price.

Waitrose Cellar £10.99

Brown Brothers Orange Muscat & Flora, Australia

What a wine for the price, bursting with all manner of flavours from honey and sweet spices to nuts and white peaches all wrapped up with a gloriously sweet but not overpowering palate. The must-have accessory for every patio this summer.

Tesco, Waitrose & Booths RRP £8.50 per 37.5cl