from Authentique Vin
1:00 - 3:00
As we head into warmer weather, there are actually a good number of red wines that actually come to life when served at even cooler temperatures, and fortunately they happen to be the lighter-bodied reds that many people prefer to drink in the summer months. These light-to-medium-bodied wines are often notable for high acid and low tannins. Grapes like Gamay, Pinot Noir, Mondeuse. Cinsault, Zweigelt, and Cabernet Franc are all prime examples. On these wines, you can certainly aim more for 50 to 55 degrees for serving. You can achieve this by popping a bottle into your refrigerator for 30 to 45 minutes and remove it just before serving, or stick it in the fridge overnight and remove it about an hour before serving. The lighter style of these reds makes them super food-friendly, and they can pair with a variety of foods usually more associated with white wines. They also tend to be bright, juicy, and refreshing, and with that chill become excellent red wines to have on the patio or poolside.
To explore these red wines we are pairing up with our good friend Greg Pfaender of Authentique Vin. Many of you know our love for the French wines imported bu Authentique Vin, and they are favorites of a multitude of restaurants and retailers throughout the Triangle area. We've selected four of their gems from around France to sample, and we hope to convert everyone to fans of tasty chillable red wines!
Fabien Trosset 'Terre d'Origine' Mondeuse
Savoie Arbin, France, 2021
Jean-Baptiste Duperray 'Glou Glou' Gamay
Beaujolais Villages, France, 2021
Frédéric Mabileau 'Fred' Cabernet Franc
Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil, France, 2021
Gerard Fiou Sancerre Rouge (Pinot Noir)
Sancerre, France, 2019