As Summer heats up, it is time to chill out and chilling down. One thing that you should not do is get hot and bothered about your wine selection. Or your lack of it so to make things easier, here is a few tips and a selection of wines that will keep even the fussiest friends happy this year.
Remember, the best recipe for summer is to grab a bottle of your favourite wine from the fridge, an ice bucket and some friends and you have a simple recipe for keeping your cool while chilling out.
Tip 5: Try to avoid putting ice cubes in your wine unless you are actually aiming to dilute the wine as well as chill it down. Rather use an ice bucket or ice cubes that are plastic coated (or even whiskey rocks) that will not melt. Or perhaps even a corksicle which will keep your wine colder for longer.
Tip 4: Prefer a fruity red? A quarter of an hour in the fridge will do wonders for the refreshment value of a red. Don’t chill down a red with lots of spicy oak as all you will get is a mouthful of oak. Fruity, lightly or unoaked wines are great chilled in summer.
Tip 3: In the heat of the day, it is better to avoid higher alcohol wines which will just make you feel hotter. There is a reason that moscatos, early harvest wines and some Hunter Valley Semillons feel that much more refreshing. They tend to have alcohols that are lower than 10% which means that you can have a glass and not feel that you have been hit over the head with a heat bomb. Just another way to keep your cool and avoid the hot flushes that sneak up on you as you reach the bottom of your glass.
Tip 2: If you are in the mood for bubbles, don’t forget to put the glass in the freezer for ten minutes before you pour and it will make that first few sips more fun. Why not chill your white wine glasses if it is particularly warm.
Tip 1: Keep your fridge stocked! The last thing you want is to be caught empty handed when long lost friends unexpectedly drop in or your favourite relos call in on their way through to somewhere else. Just a bottle or two on hand to cope with any situation and you do not have spend big money to find something special.