Summer Reds

At The Wine Rack

with Christopher Reckord

Thursday, August 09, 2018

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There are some folks who simply don't drink white wine for whatever reason.

Lighter-bodied wines for summer

I encourage the lighter styles of wines in the summer. Alcohol is the main contributor to a wine's body because alcohol is what gives a wine its viscosity and is responsible for either the heavy or light mouthfeel we experience when we sip a wine. The more alcohol a wine has the more viscous it becomes; it is described as being heavier and feels fuller in our mouths. Therefore, we call wines with more viscosity full-bodied wines, and those with low viscosity light-bodied. Look for Pinot Noir, Beaujolais, Valpolicella, Chianti and Côtes du Rhône.

Serve them cool

Lighter-bodied red wines are generally served at cooler temperatures. The vibrant aromas and flavours of these reds are best highlighted when the wine is served at around 13 - 16°C (55 - 60°F), 30 mins in the refrigerator should do the trick. If served too warm, their fruit flavours will taste tart and acidic. If served too cold, then aromas and flavours become muted and tannins take on an astringent quality. Here are some of the summer reds that I saw on the CPJ Marketplace shelves:

Farnese Sangiovese, Abruzzo, Italy

Winemaker's Notes: Garnet colour, fruity bouquet of strawberries and black cherries with vinous notes and hints of wood, quite intense and persistent; medium bodied, with firm tannins and good balance, immediate appeal.

Josh Legacy Red Blend, California, USA

Winemaker's Notes: Aromatic blue fruits and brown spices delight the nose, most notably the fresh plum and blackberry fruit. The wine is dense and juicy, with baked plums and dark cherries, layered with roasted almonds and hazelnuts, finishing long with fine, soft tannins. Blend: 44% Merlot, 44% Zinfandel, 12% Petite Sirah

Love Noir Pinot Noir, California, USA

Winemaker's Notes: Love Noir is a luxurious, fruit-forward take on Pinot Noir. Generous notes of dark cherry meld with a hint of mocha and finish with a silky, smooth texture.

Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Villages, Beaujolais, Burgundy, France

Winemaker Notes: This Beaujolais-Villages displays a deep, luminous cherry colour, red with bluish tints. The bouquet offers ripe red fruit character, suggesting strawberry and black currant, with a touch of cinnamon. Velvet-like in the mouth, with soft tannins, it is well balanced and complete.

Next week, I'll suggest a few rosé wines.

Christopher Reckord - Information Technology Entrepreneur & Wine Enthusiast. Send your questions and comments to You can also follow me on Facebook, Instagram @chrisreckord and on Twitter: @Reckord

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