Sample Ara Wines at the Dorset Seafood Festival this summer

With the good weather set to continue, there is no better way to enjoy the sunshine than with a weekend on the south-west coast sampling sparklingly fresh seafood with choice wines.

On 13-14 July, the sixth annual Dorset Seafood Festival will return to Weymouth Harbour, with nearly 100 stalls serving mouth-watering seafood cooked by local and well-known chefs, plus top wines and Champagnes and local ales. In addition, chefs such as Mark Hix, Lesley Waters and the River Cottage’s foraging expert John Wright will be giving talks and demonstrations throughout the weekend.

Pick of the bunch is the Ara Wines stall, which will be treating visitors to samples of its best pours, with the opportunity to buy your favourites by the glass to enjoy as you wander round the other stands. Our recommendation? A chilled glass of Ara’s Pathway Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough is perfect for both sunshine and seafood.

Plus, on each day of the festival, a representative from the New Zealand-based estate will host a wine-tasting demonstration. On Saturday 13 July, Paul Fleming, brand ambassador for Ara Wines, will lead the talk (2-3pm), while on Sunday 14 July, chief winemaker Jeff Clarke will lead proceedings (11.30am-12.30pm).

Ara Wines will also be giving visitors the chance to vote for either its crisp, herbaceous Sauvignon Blanc or its ripe, fruity Pinot Gris in a battle of the wines. Votes will be entered into a free prize draw, with one lucky winner receiving a six-bottle case of the wine they vote for.

The Dorset Seafood Festival is one of the country’s largest food festivals. Entry is free. To find out more, visit the Dorset Seafood Festival’s website, or follow the Dorset Seafood Festival on Facebook. Alternatively, follow Ara Wines on Twitter.