Red wines play it cool….

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

casablanca pinot noirIt surprises me every year just how satisfying the ritual of putting away my winter coat has become. Mine is already tucked in the trunk by my bed and my credit card is gearing up for a shopping spree. I do however find the wine-shift, now synonymous with this routine, much less rewarding. It’s a moment you’re probably familiar with too. You get off the tube gasping for a glass of something cool only to find the last bottle on your rack is an Icon wine from Chile you never found an occasion grand enough to warrant opening.

Whether it’s the weather or the wine itself nothing affects the taste of a wine more than temperature. Red wine served too warm or white wine served too cold, and don’t get me started on “best served at room temperature!”

If you’re a natural born red wine drinker and are accustomed to putting away your corkscrew at the same time as your winter jacket then think again. A lighter style red like pinot noir from Chile, gamay from Beaujolais or sangiovese from Italy are all refreshingly light in style and will help quench your thirst as the days get warmer. Dino Selezione No6 Italia, Sangiovese di Romagna 2008 from Tesco is a good one to try. Currently reduced from £9.35 to £4.49 it’s a light-weight bargain which has sweet tobacco and freshly picked red cherry fruit aromas, refreshing tea leaf flavours with fresh red cherries on the finish. Equally thirst quenching is Casablanca Pinot Noir 2009 from Chile (pictured) which has aromas of freshly picked blueberries and boysenberries on the nose, light savoury spices and red plums and chalky lavender sweets on the finish. Delightfully light on the palate and on the wallet at £6.99 from Marks & Spencer.

Miss Bouquet’s top tip:
To bring out the freshness of fruit in these lighter red wine styles try chilling them in the fridge before opening.

This article has been published in the May 2010 issue of The Notebook, Kensington & Chelsea.

Sunday 2nd May 2010

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2 Responses to “Red wines play it cool….”

  1. Chris Skyrme says:

    If you are talking chilled reds than you must give a mention to Loire Cabernet Franc wines. How about Chinon Les Bruyeres from the La Maison Bougrier portfolio of wines, and available at Nicolas stores for around £6.50? Lovely red summer berry fruits, with voilets and pencil shavings on the finish. A wow with the smokey flavours of meats from the BBQ!!

  2. Miss Bouquet says:

    Thanks Chris – that’s made my mouth water! I’ll give it a go x