Published on August 27, 2014 · By kelleykpeters
We’ve hit the backlash point of the summer: your jorts are looking a little worse for wear, the novelty of grilled meats has all but worn off, and you’re longing for a cool breeze that isn’t accompanied by an arriving subway train. Here are four red wines to drink when you’re over summer whites and pinks (and the weather hasn’t gotten the hint yet).
1. Sweet Shiraz
The sugar to this Australian red’s typical spice, sweet shiraz is mouth-watering and berry-filled when chilled, with chocolate notes as it comes to room temperature. Great with anything from the grill, or just sitting on the fire escape, especially with its $10 price tag.
Suggested bottle: Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz
2. Barbera d’Alba & Barbera d’Asti
Nebbiolo’s lesser cousin, the barbera grape is grown in the valleys of northern Italy. Its light tannins and high acidity make it an obvious choice for chilling. Meant to be enjoyed young, it’s unnecessary to pay more than $30 for a decent bottle. With its sour cherry and strawberry notes, it’s great with grilled meats, a fennel salad, or anything balsamic.
Suggested bottle: Hilberg Pasquero Vareij Vino da Tavola Rosso
Frappato has long been utilized only to lessen the heft of full-bodied Italian wines, but some brave young vintners have started letting the fresh fruit flavors of this Sicilian grape stand on their own.
Suggested bottle: Arianna Occhipinti’s 2012 Tamí Frappato
Easy-drinking Beaujolais had its hey-day in the US thirty years ago. These days it’s frequently overlooked as great late-summer food wine. As great with a pile of salted tomatoes as with a juicy turkey burger, its low tannins and strong berry flavors are an easy swap for that rose you’ve been guzzling.
Suggested bottle: Potel-Aviron Morgon Cote du Py Vieilles Vignes
Kelley Peters is Kitchensurfing’s in-house wine expert, she writes about wining, dining, and breaking things at Homefaking.