Jonathan Rogers from VIN Wine Merchants in Emsworth looks at which kind of reds are best chilled.
I think we can all agree at the moment these are very weird times. We are all having to behave against the norm and change our daily routines. So, I have decided to recommend a few reds that you can enjoy chilled, a great alternative to think about for the impending hot sunny days.
We have finally had some decent sunny weather (hopefully there is more to come), to justify dusting off the BBQ’s and enjoy those charred sausages and chicken wings (or is that just my BBQ cooking?). During these times sales of rosé wines go through the roof while we enjoy a large, chilled glass out in the garden and reds seem to be just too heavy to be consumed on a hot, lazy Sunday afternoon.
While we will never tire of rosé wine, we don’t have to forget about reds while the sun is out as some are perfect for chilling down and make a great change.
The thing to remember is the lighter the red the better. Reds with loads of fruit and soft tannins cope better with chilling than the full bodied, heavy numbers. Stick to grapes such as Pinot Noir, Gamay (reds from the Beaujolais region are made from this beauty) and some lighter Cabernet Sauvignon’s from California and other new world regions. Grenache is another fruity favourite and can be a fantastic partner to cold dishes on a hot day. Don’t over chill the wine as this can strip any flavours and aromas and don’t put ice cubes in the glass. This will water the wine down adding a thin, dull character.
Try these to begin with:
Undivided Pinot Noir France - £9.99
They recommend drinking this chilled all year round. A superbly elegant, rounded and soft little number from selected vineyards in France. Easy to drink with lingering finish.
Domaine de Milhomme Beaujolais -£12.99
Owned by the Perrin family, a well-respected wine producing dynasty, this Gamay has a lovely cherry fruit character with a raspberry hint on the aroma.
Barramundi Pinot Noir – Australia - £8.99
A fun little number from Oz with a great label that gets you in the mood for summer. Red berry fruits and a rounded finish.
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