Summer is in full swing and, despite the rain and thunderstorms, nothing should prevent us from enjoying wine, which is needed in the summer more than ever. In this article, I will tell you about the wines, which are able to refresh you both on a picnic on the sandy beach, on the terrace in the center of the city, at a sunny country house, at home on the couch while watching the Olympics and during a party-hard club outing. Among them–a representative of the traditional summer white wines, as well as a decent type of rosé and refreshing reds, and–for a festive mood–sparkling wine.
White wine of the summer should not just be refreshing, fragrant and perfectly in harmony with summer salads, soups and fish dishes–it must be able to preserve in our memory the most pleasant moments of the leaving summer. What do I suggest? Aromatic Riesling? Light Vingo Verde? A crisp Sauvignon Blanc? Or successful Pinot Grigio? No. All is wrong. The right summer wine should conjure up thoughts of how the salty sea splashes; it should be as pleasing to the eye as the noon sun in July… And that description, in my opinion, perfectly fits a magical Muscadet.
Grown from a grape variety Melon de Bourgogne (a good substitute to melon and watermelon) in the Loire Valley (France), Muscadet will be your time machine, a conductor in the memories of the summer of 2016. Muscadet’s salty taste is already gaining a reputation for being able to make a perfect accompaniment to fish dishes (shrimp in a specific priority), but not just that. If you are a fan of squash, tofu, baked chicken, onion rings, corn, Gouda cheese, Brie and Parmesan, then Muscadet is also at your disposal.
Experts in marketing for the past ten years persist in promoting rosé as a summer type of wine. And so, as soon as the temperature rises above twenty degrees, our brain satiated by advertising begins to send signals and demand rosé wine to the table or directly into the glass.
Rosé wine should be as fragrant as June flowers and juicy like August fruits. Rosé, rosé, rosé of Provence… As good as good classical music can be, but still more suitable for thrilling May than hot July. Italian rosé wine is like a story from early childhood about how you’ve stolen cherries from the neighbor’s tree.
But no, this summer I suggest you opt for not the most popular, but still attention-deserving Spanish rosé. Spanish rosé wine from Tempranillo grapes imposes a rich texture and a strawberry-peach aroma, a nice option for a pleasant price. It can go as an appetizer to a juicy turkey sandwich with sun-dried tomatoes, or hot paella with salmon, or chicken roasted with a red pepper, or even just delicious stuffed peppers… You have to stop me, because I can list forever.
Red wine is unjustly put aside during hot days. It’s all because of a simple misunderstanding. The thing is, when they say that the flow temperature of red wine is room temperature, they mean (historically) the room temperature in France, Italy or Germany, two, or even three centuries ago, which is 12-18 degrees! That is quite a suitable temperature for a refreshing drink.
Of course, one red differs from another; there are powerful, masculine wines (although it’s always a risk to use gender adjectives nowadays), but there are more subtle, elegant options as well.
Summer red wine must meet the same criteria as the summer clothing–that is, it must be light. The easiest option here would be the wine of the Gamay or Pinot Noir varieties. But I would still offer Valpolicella wine from hilly north-west Italy, which is just a perfect balance of freshness and tannins. Valpolicella with aromas of ripe cherries and summer wildflowers will be a great addition to pizza, pasta, pasta and grilled vegetables.
Another potion of a summer wine–for those who have succeeded in life! Let’s say you wake up in a wonderful mood at about eleven o’clock, and the sun lights up the warm rays of your apartment, and you crave to commemorate this day as something special. Don’t hesitate from having a glass of sparkling South African wine, Cap Classique.
It was created in the traditional way, but with a larger number of components of the grape varieties than in Champagne. Cap Classique with its creamy texture and buttery soft lemon biscuit notes will teach you to love the sparkling South African wine. Like most sparkling wines, it goes well with both caviar, and fries from McDonalds.
If the wine seems too dry, you can mix it with strawberries or peach sorbet.
I wish you a great summer, guys! Stay cool!