Serving and drinking wine is something of a ritual, with plenty of do’s and don’ts associated with the process. Until now. Summer is naturally more relaxed. There’s no better time than to throw a few of those snobbish rules out to the curb along with last season’s sweaters. Forget room temperature. Whites aren’t the only vinos that can be chilled. Light-bodied, low-tannin reds are surprisingly refreshing when served from the fridge– ideally at temperatures between 55°F and 60°F—on a sweltering summer evening. Here are five of our faves.
While you can find a good pinot from most anywhere in the world, this variety from New Zealand is ideal for serving at summer get togethers. It’s perfume of fruit comes to life slightly chilled and pairs well with cold meats.
Gamay from Beaujolias
An affordable alternative to Pinot Noir, Gamays boast a light-bodied flavor bursting with tart cherries, sweet raspberries and a hint of banana. It tastes delicious with a chill, accompanying a summer salad, chicken or fish.
Made from a hybrid grape, Triomphe wine offers fruity aromas similar to Beaujolias. It pairs will with aged cheese plates, beef or lamb.
Historically, Cabernet Franc hasn’t been one of the most sought-after reds. The grape has surged in popularity over the past few decades, however, and produces some very interesting aromas. It has vegetal characteristics and a distinct flavor that complements duck, chicken and venison.
While some people consider Zinfandel as more of a full-bodied wine, it has less tannin and an almost jam-like fruit flavor, making it a great to chill. Take a few spices you detect in the wine, and add them to your BBQ dish to really emphasize the taste.
What is your favorite red wine to serve cool? Tell us in the comments below.