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Reds in the summer
Chilling red wines is not a cardinal sin

08/22/18



 By Stefanie Phillips

food@hippopress.com
 
I love red wine during the winter, but it takes a back seat during the summer months due to the heat. Can you chill it, though? This is the question many have asked, and one I asked myself during a recent vacation. We had a bottle of cabernet sauvignon in our wine chiller and I wondered who had put it in there and why.
According to Decanter.com, you can chill red wine, and it is not the cardinal sin that many think it is. Actually it is a much more common practice. You can actually consider chilling Beaujolais, pinot noir, valpolicella, cabernet franc and frappato. 
According to the article I read, the cheaper or simpler the red wine, the better it is for chilling (if that is your thing). According to Sarah Evans, MW, “fresher styles with good primary fruit flavors” are better for chilling. If you are considering chilling a red, think about the wine’s tannin and oak, because chilling it will bring out these characteristics. 
Thinking of chilling a red but don’t know how long? Evans recommends chilling reds for a half hour and then serving them at a temperature of 55 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit. However, if you chill red wine too long you could dilute the flavors and then it won’t taste as good. You can also get a wine too warm, and then it could not taste as well from heat, either. 
I mentioned frappato Italian wine, which is new to me. This is a wine I have not tried yet. It is an Italian wine from Sicily that is light-bodied wine with a grapey aroma. This wine is a good pairing with pasta dishes like spaghetti, Bolognese and lasagna. 
Other wines that are good, according to WineCoolerDirect.com, include Lambrusco, Grenache, pinot noir, cabernet franc and zinfandel.
Is there a wine not on the list that you enjoy chilled? Then enjoy it! This is not a comprehensive list and only includes some suggestions but not all of them. I tend to find that the sweeter the red, the more I enjoy it chilled, but drink it how you like it. 





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