The Guardian reports that experts are warning of a national drought that could have a devastating impact upon the nation’s barbecue plans.
The shortage, however, is of wine – not water. One of the UK’s leading winesellers has said the country’s supply of rosé – particularly from Provence – was under increasing pressure because of a dire French harvest in 2017 and British drinkers’ desire to “drink pink” all year round.
“The threat to rosé supplies started in the winter of 2017-2018 with an unseasonal peak in out-of-season demand, even during the ‘beast from the east’,” said Charles Cutteridge, a wine buyer at Majestic.
The record-breaking temperatures over the early May bank holiday evidently exacerbated the looming shortage, with Majestic reporting a doubling in rosé sales at its 210 stores over the long weekend.