We are unabashed Rosé fans when the daylight begins to linger a bit longer and you can actually SIT OUTSIDE FOR DINNER. The sun beating down on the flagstones of your patio turns an average mid-week mealtime in Cork City into a chic, sun-soaked, cobbled courtyard in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat and there is something about having the decision between being a white wine or red wine drinker taken away from you that makes drinking rosé feel like the easiest step you’ll take all week. Having said that, if you sometimes hanker for a nice glass of red at lunchtime when the sun is high in the sky, but feel red wine is more for hearty meals or winter nights we may be able to help.
Despite our devotion to the delights of rosé, there is actually a plethora of red wines which make perfect warm weather companions, wines designed to be enjoyed chilled,drunk with food and enjoyed all summer long. As there can be the concern that chilling will over emphasise tannins and oak flavour in red wine, lighter wines with good fresh, primary fruit won’t spoil with chilling and can be incredibly refreshing served between 13-16°.
Undisputed queen of the chilled out vinous beverage must surely be Beaujolais who was terrific tepid before it was cool but there are some surprising other choices which also benefit from taking it down a notch. Pinot Noir/Nero, Dolcetto from Italy, ripe and ready Spanish Grenache and Cabernet Franc from the Loire all fit the bill and will retain their crunchy fruit forward personas. Just don’t leave them in the fridge too long as flavours can mute with prolonged exposure. So, grab a stemless wine tumbler (Mediterranean stylee) and prepare to fall in love with our recommendations for zinging, summery reds you can pour straight from the fridge.