Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Cold Red Wine

Finally, someone had the guts to say it. We want to drink chilled red wine on a hot summer day. For many, this is considered a no-no. Red wine is always served room temperature, but even this is too warm for most red wines to be served properly. When the outside temperature gets to 90 degrees plus though, chilling red wine down even more is preferable.

While it is well understood that these beverages are served chilled, for maximum sustenance in the summer we do have one more river to cross, and that, my friends, is red wine.
It may be hot, but — repeat after me — we want red wine. It may be humid, but — say it again — we want red wine. It may be oppressive, but — louder, now! — we want red wine.
Yes, we want red wine. And how are we going to drink this red wine?
That’s right, chilled! Cold, cool, brisk, whatever you want to call it, we are going to enjoy this red wine at a temperature that refreshes, restores and revitalizes even the most exhausted soul.

Eric Asimov, NY Times wine writer goes on to make suggestions for temperature and wines that chill well. Hint: lighter-style, high acid reds like Beaujolais. Click here for the rest of the article.

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