How to drink red wine in the summer: a guide to refreshing enjoyment
When we think of summer, we often envision crisp white wines or chilled rosés, but that doesn't mean we should completely overlook red wines. Despite their reputation as winter sippers, red wines can still be enjoyed during the warmer months. With a few simple tips and some lighter, versatile options, you can enhance your summer gatherings with the rich flavors and complexities of red wine. Let's explore how to savor red wine during the sun-kissed days of summer.
Chill Your Reds Just Right:
Contrary to popular belief, serving red wine at room temperature might not be the best approach during hot summer days. Instead, consider giving your reds a slight chill. Place your bottle in the refrigerator for about 20-30 minutes before serving. This cooling effect will bring out the refreshing qualities of the wine and make it more enjoyable on warm afternoons or evenings.
In fact, storing all wines chilled helps preserve them, extending their lifetime. The cooler temps keep the molecules from oxidizing as quickly. Also, summer in Texas is hot!
Seek Out Lighter Styles:
In summer, opt for red wines that are lighter in body and have lower alcohol content. Look for varieties like Pinot Noir, Beaujolais, or some young red blends. These wines tend to have vibrant acidity, delicate tannins, and bright fruit flavors that make them more suitable for warmer weather. Lighter reds can be wonderfully versatile, pairing well with a wide range of summer dishes, from grilled vegetables to seafood.
Experiment with Slightly Chilled Red Wine Cocktails:
Another exciting way to savor red wine during the summer is by incorporating it into refreshing cocktails. Explore recipes like red wine sangria or a refreshing wine spritzer. These concoctions blend the robust characteristics of red wine with other summer-inspired ingredients, creating a delightful and cooling beverage option for your gatherings or relaxed evenings by the pool.
For an extra treat, try freezing your fruit before hand and adding as you would an ice cube for an instant dose of chill with a yummy bite to be enjoyed at the end of your glass.
Serve with a Slight Chill:
While it's important to chill the bottle, remember not to overdo it. Serving red wine too cold can mask its flavors and aromas. Aim for a temperature slightly below room temperature, around 55-65°F (13-18°C). This way, you strike the perfect balance between enjoying a chilled red and still capturing its nuanced qualities.
Choose the Right Food Pairings:
Pairing red wine with summer cuisine is an art. Lighter reds often complement grilled fare exceptionally well. Opt for juicy burgers, herb-infused chicken, or even grilled salmon. The flavors of the food and the wine should complement each other, enhancing your overall dining experience. Don't hesitate to experiment and discover your own favorite pairings!
Opt for Outdoor-Friendly Wine Coolers:
If you're planning a picnic, a river outing, a lay by the pool or any outdoor activity, consider storing your red wine in a portable wine cooler, like the Vin Glace we sell in the tasting room! These wine coolers don't need to be chilled ahead of time and will keep your wine chilled for hours - even in the hot sun on the patio!
Embrace the versatility of red wine by adapting it to the carefree ambiance of summer. By chilling your reds slightly, opting for lighter styles, experimenting with wine cocktails, serving at the right temperature, selecting suitable food pairings, and considering outdoor-friendly coolers, you can truly appreciate the depth and character of red wines even during the sun-drenched months. So raise a glass and toast to the joys of summer with a perfectly chilled, vibrant red wine in hand! Cheers to red wine summer vibes!