As the scorching sun bears down on us, the mere thought of red wine seems absurd. We often associate reds with a hearty meal in fall and winter, but believe it or not, there are plenty of red wines perfect for savoring during the summer months. Say goodbye to old myths and embrace the vivacious flavors of light-bodied reds this summer!

Light-bodied reds are ideal for summer (Source: Nicolaevna Arnautova, Unsplash)

1. Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir, the versatile darling of the wine world, has a lighter body and lower tannins, making it an ideal choice for summer sipping. Sancerre Rouge from the Loire Valley in France or other unoaked or lightly oaked versions of Pinot Noir is a refreshing option that captivates with its delightful red berry notes and hints of floral aromas. Its smooth and elegant texture will leave you feeling refreshed even on the hottest days. Pair with grilled salmon or a fresh summer salad for an exquisite dining experience.

2. Beaujolais

Beaujolais has so much to offer. Made from the Gamay grape, similar to Pinot Noir, Beaujolais embodies the spirit of the summer season. Bursting with bright red fruit flavors, its youthful and exuberant character makes it a crowd-pleaser at any summer gathering.

3. Schiava

Venture into Italy’s mountainous regions, and you’ll find Schiava, a charming and light-bodied red wine. From the picturesque landscapes of Alto Adige, this wine dances on the palate with its vibrant red cherry and floral nuances. It’s incredibly quaffable and can be enjoyed slightly chilled, making it perfect for picnics or lazy afternoons by the pool.

4. Frappato

Frappato, delightful yet lesser-known, is a native grape variety from the Italian island of Sicily. With its notes of wild strawberry, pomegranate, and hints of spice, it’s the embodiment of Sicilian summer in a glass. Often paired with tuna, seafood pasta, caponata and other Mediterranean dishes by the locals, Frappato’s light body and bright acidity make it an ideal choice for light summer meals.

Light reds pair well with grilled fish and salads (Source: Farhad Ibrahimzade, Unsplash)

5. Etna Rosso

Continuing our Sicilian journey, we come across the mighty Mount Etna, home to some fascinating vineyards. Etna Rosso, made primarily from the Nerello Mascalese grape, delivers complexity and elegance reminiscent of Pinot Noir or Nebbiolo. This wine exhibits red fruit flavors mingled with earthy undertones and a smoky touch that pays homage to the volcanic soil. Enjoy it slightly chilled with carpaccio or Mediterranean salads.

6. Blaufränkisch

Coming from the sunny Austrian hills, Blaufränkisch announces its arrival with its deep crimson hue and lively berry aromas. The wine’s medium body and smooth, silky tannins combine to create a pleasant balance ideal for summertime enjoyment. Pairs well with grilled sausages, Blaufränkisch is the ultimate companion for your summer barbecues.

This summer, don’t let the heat keep you from enjoying the pleasures of red wine. Embrace these light-bodied wonders that offer both flavor and refreshment. Whether you’re lounging on the terrace or hosting a backyard barbecue, these delightful reds will elevate your summer experience.

by Sylvia Ba

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