Tiptoe Thursday Tipple- Light Reds for Summer

20130704-183421.jpgWith the sun finally out it’s a good time to think about some options for summer drinking. Obviously whites and rosés are out in force but we could also consider some light reds which will work having spent just a few minutes in the fridge. These wines will stand up well to robust picnic and barbecue flavours and won’t be overwhelmed if you choose to drink them outside. When we talk about chilled reds we really mean just 15-20 minutes in the fridge. If you chill a red wine down to modern fridge temperatures the tannins in the wine become really prominent and the fruit disappears.

Pinot Noir is a nice option, we don’t want to chill fancy red burgundy but don’t worry because most of these wines are beyond the pocket of us mere mortals. Entry level Pinot from New Zealand or the south of France will work well. For more interesting options look at Cabernet Franc from the Loire, good examples of these wines give you a juicy, crunchy red with a leafy savoury note and dark fruit. Also we should consider a decent Valpolicella, we sell loads of the entry level Valpol from Allegrini, it’s a wine that really comes alive with food. Valpolicella is made with a grape called Corvina which gives the wine its distinctive sour cherry note and because it’s so yummy I’ve chosen it as this week’s Tiptoe Thursday Tipple.

 



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