Summer 2018 Reds

hellosummerA natural assumption is that, when it’s hot outside you should drink a well chilled Rosé or white wine like a crisp Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay, but that couldn’t be further from the truth!

Aside from putting in a pitch for an Albarino I’ve fallen hard for: Brecon Estate’s 2017 True Acacia Head Albarino, I’m pretty much drinking lighter, spicier reds and not too sweet Rosés as summer starts heating up.

I don’t blame anyone for sticking with their summer standbys, but this year’s releases should give you plenty of fantastic reasons to explore lighter bodied, but bold flavored wines like: Grenache, Mourvèdre, GSM (a blend of Grenache, Mourvèdre & Syrah), Barbera, and even Sangiovese.

Some of my favorites this year are:

grapeclusterI try every wine I can and learn something new every time I go tasting.  Remember that it isn’t your first or even second taste that should decide whether you like a wine or not.

Swirl, sniff and sip at least three times before you make your decision.  If you don’t like it immediately, let it sit in the glass for 10 or 15 minutes and come back to it.  It may be a wine that benefits from being a little closer to room temperature and getting a little time to open up.  Or, it could just really suck. LOL 😉


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