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As the seasons change and warmer weather arrives, most people start popping corks on light and refreshing white wine and Rosé. With good reason, both styles of wine are perfect for al fresco drinking with sunshine and good friends. However, just because it’s warm out doesn’t mean you can’t also be drinking light and refreshing red wines.

Here are some keys for picking out red wines for summertime:

  • Look for wines that are lower in alcohol - wines with higher ABV % tend to be hot and will overwhelm the palate.
  • Search out wines with light tannins – tannins tend to dry out your palate.
  • Wines that spend little or no time in oak barrels - too much oak makes wines heavier on the palate and imparts rich flavors.
  • Avoid varietals that tend to be too heavy on the palate - wines like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are more robust varietals that tend be more dense.

Here are some of our favorite Summer reds which we recommend serving with a slight chill:


roagna dolcetto 500x500

This naturally made Dolcetto is light and fruity with cherry fruits and balancing acidity. It is perfect with pretty much anything coming off a grill.


brouilly 500x500
Gamay is an underappreciated varietal that often gets overlooked due to Beaujolais Nouveau. However, when in the hands of passionate winemakers it really starts to show off. The wine is a lightweight with refreshing acidity and almost now tannin.



From the elevated steep slopes of granite in Alto Adige. Also known as Trollinger, a fun and focused wines with generous cherry fruit on the nose and palate.


brooks runaway red 500x500

Classic strawberry and cherry fruits with just a touch of earthy goodness.




An unoaked Garnacha that takes well to a chill which helps show off flavors of dark cherry, earth and a sprinkling of rose petals.

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