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Summer 2013: Chilling with Red
Summer has arrived!
As I write this, it’s 85 degrees out and beautiful. A great time for dry rosés from Provence, crisp fruity New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs or Trocken Rieslings from the Mosel to serve chilled from the fridge. Though for those carnivores at heart who love to cook animal protein over an open flame, white wine often doesn’t do the trick. On the other hand big tannic Napa Cabernets can be tough to swallow.
So what is the red wine lover to do?
That’s right, put your reds in the cooler right next to the prosecco and enjoy. Here are a few red wines that are best served from the ice bucket.
Cleto Chiarli, Lambrusco di Sorbara Secco, Modena Italy
Dry Lambrusco is fantastic served chilled, as it still carries the flavors of a typical red but without the weight. Low in alcohol, slightly sparkling, juicy and refreshing. Light red in color, vibrant with aromas of raspberry and roses.
The Chiarli Family has been producing Lambrusco for over 150 years and consistently wins Italy’s highest wine award “Tre Bicchieri” from Gambero Rosso.
Enjoy with pizza, charcuterie, grilled sausages and meats.
Lamoreaux Landing, T23 Cabernet Franc, Finger Lakes
Unoaked pure Cab Franc, stainless steel tank fermented(tank #23) this New York State red is bursting with aromas of red cherries and fresh cut herbs. Made in the style of the great Chinons of the Loire Valley this variety has plenty of flavor without any oak tannins to get in the way.
Perfect with roast vegetables, ratatouille, sausage, grilled chicken, and eggplant.
Domaine Cheysson, Chiroubles, Clos Les Farges, Beaujolais
Old Vine Gamay from one of the 10 Crus of Beaujolais. This is a far cry from the overly sweet Nouveau banana wines we see every November. High acid, firm structure and plenty of crunchy red fruits.
These poor man’s Burgundies are made for the table and will complement a wide array of food, from salad to sausage.
Planeta 2010, Nero D’Avola/Frappato, Cerasuolo Vittoria, Sicily
Located between the sea and the Iblei Mountains Cerasuolo is the only DOCG in Sicily. The red sandy soils produce a wine with flavors of pomegranate, strawberry and cherry.
Great for seafood lovers this is a wonderful red to pair with just about anything from the ocean.
So when you are looking at a wine list on a beautiful summer day or shopping for a Tanglewood picnic dinner put down that Malbec, Shiraz, and Cabernet and try one of the wines above served below room temperature. — Dan