How To Drink Reds In The Summer

How To Drink Reds In The Summer

Do you know the saying "Rosé all day"? Well, how 'bout we change that to "Gamay all day"?! 

 
 

I try my hardest not to show any favoritism towards a certain wine type or varietal. However, ever since I started drinking wine - I've always preferred reds over everything else. So you better believe that I don't switch over to just rosés or white wines during the hot summer months.

 

The good news is that there are several AAA-MAZING RED wines that can be chilled and are quite refreshing on a hot summer day.

 

If you're interested in trying one out for yourself, look for red varietals that are light-bodied, highly acidic, not super oaky and low in tannins. Whatever you do, avoid wines that are full-bodied, oaky and have a higher alcohol ABV. For example, popular full-bodied varietals like Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Zinfandel are great examples of wines you should avoid chilling at all costs. If you chill them, they'll taste metallic and very astringent - which isn't pleasant at all.

 

See below for a few of my favorite reds that are just PERFECT FOR SUMMER. To chill them, put them in the fridge around 45-60 minutes before you plan on drinking.

One of my favorite summer reds is a Gamay from Côtes de Provence · France
 
  • How to say it: "gam-may"

  • Where it mainly grows: France (wine regions Beaujolais and Loire Valley), Switzerland, Canada, Turkey, Italy

  • Typical tasting notes: Very light and fruity flavors of cranberry & banana

  • Shopping Tip: Look for 'CRU Beaujolais' or 'Beaujolais-Villages' (less expensive)

 
  • How to say it: "grenn-nosh"

  • Where it mainly grows: France, Spain, Italy, United States

  • Typical tasting notes: strawberry, plum, leather, dried herbs

 

The world's most popular light-bodied red is loved for its red fruit and spice flavors and smooth finish.

  • How to say it: "pee-no nwar"

  • Where it mainly grows: France, United States, New Zealand, Chile, Australia, Italy, Argentina

  • Typical tasting notes: cherry, raspberry, clove, mushroom, vanilla

 

Meaning "wild grape," Lambrusco is actually a variation of eight closely related grapes native to Italy. Wines are typically semi-sparkling and range from dry to sweet.

  • How to say it: "lam-broos-co"

  • Where it mainly grows: Italy

  • Typical tasting notes: strawberry, blackberry, rhubarb, hibiscus

  • Shopping Tip: If you are a fan of dry wines, make sure to look for "secco" on the wine

 
  • How to say it: "fra-pat-toe"

  • Where it mainly grows: Italy (Sicily, Mount Etna)

  • Typical tasting notes: strawberry, pomegranate, tobacco, white pepper

 
    • How to say it: "blauw-fronk-keesh"

    • Where it mainly grows: Austria & Hungary

    • Typical tasting notes: Blackberry, black cherry, allspice, dark chocolate and pepper

 

 

The bottle of 2018 Gamay I'm sippin' on here is cleverly called 'Pool Boy'. 

 

My Tasting Notes:

  • Color: Bright garnet

  • Dominate Flavors: Cranberry, pomegranate, raspberry

  • Taste Profile: Crisp and bright. Medium acid levels, Low tannins and very refreshing