By Maggie Walters
Yes, red wines can be popped in the fridge too! I know this title sounds like an oxymoron, but there are red wines out there perfect for chilling. These “cooler” reds are perfect for warmer temps. Lower in alcohol and lighter in body, these red wines prove that you don’t have to do without reds just because it’s warming up outside! They say variety is the spice of life, so here are four different red wines from all over the world to titillate your palate, all best served chilled!
Louis Jadot Beaujolais-Villages, 2016
Grape Variety: Gamay
Region: Beaujolais, France
Before I go any further, let’s address the elephant in the room, Beaujolais Nouveau. Usually, Beaujolais Nouveau is cheap, cheerful, slightly spritzy and not much to write home about. Beaujolais Villages is not made in the same style!! (Steps down from soap box) This is a red wine for Pinot Noir lovers! Although it is lighter in body and tannin structure than Pinot, they are in the same “light bodied reds” family. Soft, a little fruity, and very aromatic, this wine hits the spot when thrown in the fridge about 30 minutes before consumption. Everyone needs a good red for grilling outdoors, right?
Glatzer Blaufrankisch, 2014
Grape Variety: Blaufrankisch
Region: Carnuntum,, Austria
Austria, probably one of the most overlooked sections in our store, has beau-coos of delicious surprises. Hailing from Austria, it is no surprise that this grape variety carries such an unfamiliar name, but don’t let that deter you! This is the most serious wine in the lineup today, fruity yet earthy with just enough tannin structure to hold up to poultry, pastas and pizzas. Chill this bottle slightly before serving and enjoy!
J. Lohr Monterey Valdiguie Wildflower, 2016
Grape Variety: Valdiguie
Region: Monterey County, California
With such a luscious and jammy fruit profile expressed in this wine, this is an easy drinking soft red that will please anyone this summer! This wine is all about expressing fresh fruit. A little cold, a little fruity, this will go down too easy if you’re not careful. With such soft tannins, this wine is often thought of as Beaujolais’ counterpart in California! Priced at around 10 bucks, this is a fun wine to keep in your fridge for patio sipping throughout the season!
Leonard Kreusch Dornfelder, 2015
Grape Variety: Dornfelder
Region: Rheinhessen, Germany
I like to think of this grape variety as the red companion to Riesling. Like Riesling, this grape variety flourishes in Germany, and is made in a variety of sweetness levels. This red is considered “off dry” or slightly late harvest. It’s not bone dry but it’s also not super sweet (this is NOT Moscato). With just a little bit of residual sugar (tech lingo for sweetness) this wine will be your best friend paired with spicy foods. Think of it as the adult alternative to milk. This wine is best served a little chilled, so of course it had to be featured!
Warm weather is upon us – be prepared with a cooler stocked with wines to celebrate! White wines and rosés are all the rage, but reds don’t have to be excluded! There’s a place for chilled reds this season as well. At Colonial we're here to curate the best selection for you. We hope you enjoy this selection and celebrate responsibly. Cheers!