Chillable Reds

Chillable Reds

Exploring Chilled Red Wines: Pinot Noir, Gamay, and Beyond

Pinot Noir and Gamay are two of the most common grape varieties that are well-suited for chilling. These light-bodied wines, known for their vibrant acidity and fruit-forward profiles, can transform your summer wine experience. But don’t limit yourself to just these classics; other varieties like Barbera and Grenache can also be incredibly enjoyable when chilled. Barbera, with its high acidity and bright cherry flavors, and Grenache, known for its juicy red fruit and moderate tannins, make for refreshing sips on a warm day. We also can’t forget a delicious Lambrusco, a sparkling red wine originating from the Emilia-Romagna region in Italy, that offers bright acidity and versatility with food. 


The Delicate Cinsault

Cinsault, widely planted throughout Southern France, is another excellent candidate for chilling. This varietal produces wines with delicate tannins and a light, fruity character that can be especially enjoyable when served cool. Cinsault is commonly found in rosé blends from Provence, which are always a wildly popular choice for the summer months due to their refreshing qualities and versatility with a range of dishes.


How to Properly Chill Red Wine

Chilled red wine should be served between 45°F and 55°F, depending on the specific wine. Be cautious not to over-chill the wine, as it can mute the flavors and potentially ruin the experience. For a bottle to reach 45°F, refrigerate it for 45-60 minutes, adjusting based on the initial temperature. For 50°F-55°F, a 30-45 minute chill time in the refrigerator should suffice. Always consider the starting temperature of the wine, and use a timer to ensure you don’t over-chill it. Remember, over-chilling can be as detrimental as serving the wine too warm.


Selecting the Perfect Red Wine to Chill

When selecting a red wine to chill, opt for a light- to medium-bodied wine with good acidity and a fruitier palate. Avoid wines with high tannins like Nebbiolo, Cabernet Sauvignon, or Syrah, as their structure can become harsh when chilled, leading to an unpleasant tasting experience.

Wines made using carbonic maceration are particularly well-suited for chilling. This winemaking technique involves fermenting whole grapes in a carbon dioxide-rich environment before crushing them. This process enhances the fruitiness and reduces tannin extraction, resulting in a wine that's vibrant and easy-drinking. Carbonic maceration is often used for wines like Beaujolais Nouveau, which are known for their fresh, fruity flavors and suitability for chilling.

Understanding Carbonic Maceration

Don’t know what carbonic maceration is? Stay tuned to our blog as we delve into this fascinating viticultural practice in future posts. In the meantime, feel free to stop by and ask us about carbonic maceration! It’s a technique that’s not only intriguing but also fundamental to understanding why some wines are so enjoyable when chilled.


Our Recommendations

We recommend trying out one of our best sellers, the Ercole Barbera. You can’t go wrong picking up a 1L bottle that won’t break the bank and that you can enjoy in the heat of the summer. Bright acidity, red fruits, and organic! 

This is another top contender this summer for chillable reds. The Domaine des Marrans Fleurie Gamay from Beaujolais, France brings forward vibrant red flower and tart pomegranate aromas while bringing a good burst of acidity to the palate. Rich notes of cranberry and red cherry carry throughout the sip. 

The Comtesse Marion Cinsault Rosé brings wonderful minerality and juiciness to the glass. The red cherries, rhubarb, and pomegranate bring a summer freshness that is much needed during our hot months! 

Enjoying the Chilled Red Wine Experience

Wine is all about the experience, the exploration, and sharing these moments with friends. The memories made with friends are priceless, so next time you’re planning a get-together, pick a red wine, give it a good chill, and explore its refreshing qualities. Don’t forget to share your thoughts with us – we’d love to hear about your chilled wine adventures!

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