What Wines to Pour When the Temperature Soars
This is a guest post by our friends at The California Wine Club. For more than 25 years, they have been traveling the dusty back roads of wine country, seeking out tiny artisan wineries and selecting their best-handcrafted wines to share with wine lovers all across the country. Great wine and beautiful outdoor spaces go hand in hand, whether you are toasting a wedding in a vineyard or toasting the sunset in your own beautiful backyard.
When it is hot, muggy or downright steamy, it is time to reach for a cold one. Nope, not a beer. The right wine properly chilled is the perfect antidote to scorching temperatures.
Do you like your wines slightly sweet? Try a fruity Moscato. You can even drop in some frozen strawberries--we won't tell.
Are you a lemonade fan? Try a citrusy Sauvignon Blanc. It is the perfect match for seafood on ice.
America's favorite white, Chardonnay is great in sizzling weather. While we love buttery Chards, on the hottest days we reach for an unoaked (stainless-steel tank fermented and aged) version. This style is leaner, crisper and more refreshing.
If you gave up on blush wines when sweet White Zin became the rage, it is time to give them a second look. Dry Rosés are beautiful, refreshing and very food-friendly. Try them with a mild goat cheese or grilled salmon.
Don't forget about Sparklers. Champagne, Prosecco, and sparkling wine all are meant to be served well chilled. Their effervescence adds to their refreshing taste. Serve with strawberries for an elegant experience. Or cheesy, gooey take-out pizza (it's too hot to cook for goodness sake).
What if you only like red? A chilled Pinot Noir is amazing on a warm summer night under the stars. Pop it into the fridge for about 20 minutes before opening, then savor the silky coolness.
How to chill a white wine: Pop a white wine into the fridge 3-4 hours before you plan to enjoy it. Take it out 10 minutes before opening and it should be perfect.
Forgot to chill your white wine? Please don't reach for ice cubes--they will water down your wine. Wrap the bottle in a wet towel (or paper towel) and pop it into the freezer for 7-10 minutes. Pro tip: Set a timer so you don't forget to take it out!
Really can't wait? Fine, but only one ice cube per glass. We've seen it done in Napa!