The hottest red wines you need to drink this summer
Its hot out, and those stuffy wine fools are trying to get you to put away your Syrah's and your Cabernets in favor of blushes of pink and crisp white wines. We know you though, you almost exclusively drink red wine don't you? That's why you are reading this article isn't it? So who's stopping you from indulging in a rich red wine? Oh right! It may be good to know that there are some awesome red wines that will quench your thirst and cool you down. These are the hottest red wines you need to drink this summer.
So what are we looking for when we look for summer red wines? Well, there are a few occasions this summer where you might feel a red wine is more suitable, like a barbecue or grill with some good friends. Other times you might just be craving a red wine, but its hot out, so looking for a red wine that is full of flavor but lighter and chillable is also a good idea.
We start with something we know you want. A big, beautiful, powerful, full-bodied red wine that you can still drink when it is hot outside. Uh, hello? Have you not met Nero d'Avola yet? This spicy Sicilian wine is going to teach you a thing or two about what it means to be sexy.
Great for: Barbecues, grills, and cookouts
Try: Martha Stoumen Nero D'Avola if you can still get your hands on it! Also Broc Cellars Nero D'Avola and Occhipinti Siccagno are downright awesome!
Barbera is a grape that originates from Piedmont, a region famous for producing Nebbiolo. Unlike Nebbiolo, which is a baller wine any way you look at it from its flavors to its price tags, Barbera is a wine of the people. Barbera wines are packed with acidity which makes them fantastic for chilling on a warm summer night.
Great for: Sitting down to dinner on a hot night. Especially if its outside!
Try: Idlewild 2015 Barbera, from Foxhill Vineyard.
One of the ultimate glou glou grapes in existence. From classic Beaujolais to modern, younger winemakers from France to California, Gamay is a delicious light-bodied red wine that you can take everywhere. It is bright, fruity, and has an electrifying acidity that surges through your body. Still, it has a wicked habit of remaining refined and elegant. We like to think of it as the hip child of Pinot Noir even though it has been around just as long, it just has that youthful appeal and soul that makes it so much fun to chill with, especially when the wine itself is lightly chilled.
Great for: Hanging with your friends, drinking on patios and rooftops
Try: Bret Brothers Glou de Jeff. Just go out there and look for it! Its a wine by friends for friends.
If ever there was a grape that lived up to its name (or its namesake) it would be Saint Laurent. Sharing a name with the famous fashion house this wine seems to live up to the label. A light-bodied wine that is often super low in alcohol (we have had examples that are as low as 7% ABV!) but still contains a light dusting of tannins and acidity.
Great for: Elegant days, evenings, or any fancy gathering where you just want something different from Champagne.
Etna Rosso is one of those super hip cult wines that is making its way into the glasses of the coolest wine drinkers around the world. Winemakers like Girolamo Russo and Frank Cornelissen are ramping up the cool factor with some awesome expressions of the grapes and terroir. You can imagine, coming from the foot of an active volcano as they do, that these wines pack a real mineral punch combined with rich fruits that burst into your mouth like hot lava. Chill these wines down just a touch and you'll taste a whole new world refreshment.
Great for: Looking cool and staying cool at the same time
Try: Do you really need to ask? Go straight to your coolest neighborhood wine store and ask for Frank Cornelissen Munjebel or Contadino! In fact they will be cool just for carrying ANY Etna Rosso from the likes of Quantico, Girolamo Russo, Passorosso, or Tenuta Delle Terrenere.