The stifling heat of summer often inhibits the red wine lover in us, which is unfortunate, because, in general, red wine offers more complexity. At times rosé, which walks the line between red and white, can fit the bill, yielding a bit of red wine complexity while retaining white wine freshness. However, there are times when you just want more.
If you're heading to a party in the sweltering heat, you may be tempted to grab a bottle of red wine and put it on ice. But, unlike whites, not all reds are ideal for chilling. Here, I offer some suggestions for reds to chill for steamy summer nights.
Pro tip: to chill red wine (or, any wine, for that matter), don't add ice, because the ice melts and dilutes the wine. Also, ice over-chills beverages too, which kills the nuanced flavors of what you are drinking. The best and fastest way to chill anything (wine, beer, non-alcoholic beverages) is to create a water and ice bath (not just ice), and put the bottles in that for 10-15 minutes. Happy sipping.
Written by Raoul Segarra, General Manager & Wine Director at North Square Restaurant
Raoul Segarra has been working with spirits for over 15 years. A seasoned sommelier, Segarra has worked at Keens, Judson Grill, and Jean-Georges, under the direction of great sommeliers-mentors who noticed and nurtured his talent. In 2004, he joined the Beanstalk Group (The Red Cat, The Mermaid Inn, The Harrison, Pace) as Wine and Beverage Director, where he put his creativity and love for finding a lesser known region or wine at a great price to work. Raoul brings this philosophy to the wine list at North Square, which features over 110 wines from 15 countries, 65 priced at less than $50.