Because the sunny season is alas also the shortest, there’s this feeling of eagerness in the air to make the most of it.

Hence the ton of lovely invitations you received. Not to mention the eight-bedroom chalet for the holidays, which will nonetheless require a few tents.

Of course, during all these gatherings people will want to eat well and drink a bit of wine. Orchestrating it all can be a headache, but we can help you with that: welcome to the world of large formats!

With these popular bottles, you will please everyone without worrying about mixing different wines. Bonus points: you save a bit by buying a large format rather than two identical bottles. And you can also get actual bonus points.

6 large formats perfect for gatherings 

Trapiche Alaris Cabernet-Sauvignon

Unpretentious and reasonably priced, this red is sure to impress with just about any meaty dishes on the barbecue. Aromatic and robust, with notes of cedar and red fruits such as plum, it is particularly well built for ribs. 

Masi Modello Trevenezie

Here is another red, this time with a fruity and generous profile. The very famous Masi house delivers here a 100% Merlot cuvée with accents of sweet spices, red berries and vanilla. Perfect for a mixed grill of chicken-sausage-beef or even a burger bar that you garnish as you wish.

Jacob's Creek Shiraz Cabernet

Another red under the Aromatic and robust label, this wine will appeal to lovers of wines with character. Aromas of oak, red berry jam, licorice and torrefaction. The palate is generous, and the woodiness is well balanced; a sure hit with a good shallot flank steak and plenty of fries.

Castillo de Almansa Reserva

This Spanish red is a blend of three varietals, the main one being Monastrell. Full-bodied and with present acidity, it delivers aromas of blackcurrant, sweet spices, woody and peppery notes. A very dry red with a balanced woodiness, not too much nor too little. Think grilled beef fillet or game burger.

Pinot grigio Barefoot

This fruity and sweet white is composed mainly of Pinot Grigio with a small part of Sémillon. With its aromas of banana, melon and peach, it can be shared both as an aperitif and at the table. It lends itself perfectly to Asian dishes and a sushi evening.

Umberto Cesari Liano Rubicone

Because Liano is always all the rage, it’s convenient to find it in a two-bottle equivalent format. The blend of Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon presents aromas of dark chocolate, jammy dark fruits, sweet spices and woody notes. Another winning pairing with ribs! 

In partnership with Masi Agricola SPA, Grupo Penaflor, Umberto Cesari, Barefoot Cellars, Pernod Ricard Winemakers Pty Ltd, E. & J. Gallo Winery.