Consider Chilling Red Wine.
As the warmer weather approaches, chilled white, rosé and sparkling wines are strongly promoted and made more prominent on wine lists everywhere; at wine tastings; and at social events and friendly get-togethers.
So what about the large number of wine lovers who’d prefer a glass of red over white or rosé any day – even during warm weather? The solution is to chill. Your red wine, that is.
In fact, it is completely logical, sensible and your choice in fact, to chill your red wine down to the temperature you and your palate find desirable. Chilling a red wine makes it far more versatile – to be enjoyed during any season – and still maintain its full flavour profile.
Which Types of Red Wine are Fine to Chill?
You might be surprised by this extensive A-Z list below of red grape varieties, which are used to produce both single and blended red wines, and can be chilled. The main countries where these varieties are grown for wine production, are also listed.
Barbera (Barbera d’Asti)
Grown in Italy.
Grown in Austria; Croatia; Czech Republic (known as Frankovka); Germany; Hungary (known as Kékfrankos or blue Frankish); Italy (known as Franconia); Serbia (known as Frankovka); Slovakia (known as Frankovka Modrá); Slovenia (known as Modra Frankinja); USA.
Grown in France; Italy; Hungary; Spain; Bulgaria; Slovenia; Croatia; Canada; USA; Argentina; Australia; South Africa; Chile and New Zealand.
Grown in France; Australia; New Zealand; Argentina; Chile; Bolivia; Brazil; Peru; Uruguay; Turkey, Bulgaria; Czech Republic; Georgia; Hungary; Moldova; Romania; Slovenia; Ukraine; Cyprus; Greece; Israel; Lebanon; South Africa; USA and Canada.
Grown in Italy and USA.
Grown in Canada; France and USA.
Grown in Algeria; Argentina; Australia; Chile; Cyprus; France; Greek Islands; Israel; Italy; Mexico; Morocco; South Africa; Spain (known as Garnacha); Uruguay and USA.
Grown in Argentina; Australia; Bolivia; Brazil; Canada; Chile; France; Italy; Mexico; New Zealand; South Africa and USA.
Grown in Argentina; Australia; Austria; Bolivia; Bulgaria; Canada; Chile; China; Croatia; Czech Republic; France; Germany; Greece; Hungary; India; Italy; Japan; Mexico; Moldova; New Zealand; Peru; Portugal; Romania; Russia; Slovenia; South Africa; Spain; Switzerland; Ukraine; Uruguay and USA.
Grown in Australia; France; Spain (known as Monastrell) and USA.
Grown in Argentina; Australia; Italy; Mexico and USA.
Grown in Austria; Australia; Canada; England; France; Germany; Italy; Moldova; New Zealand; Slovenia; South Africa; Spain; Switzerland and USA.
Grown in Argentina; Australia; Brazil; Chile; France; Greece; Italy; Israel; Italy; Malta, Mexico; New Zealand; South Africa; Switzerland; Turkey and USA.
Syrah or Shiraz
Grown in Argentina; Australia; Chile; France; Italy; South Africa; Spain; Switzerland and USA.
Grown in Argentina; Australia; Canada; Chile; Israel; Mexico; New Zealand; Portugal (also known as Aragonez in Alentejo and Tinta Roriz in Douro); South Africa; Spain (also known as Cencibel and Tinto Fino; Tinta del País in Ribera del Duero; Tinta de Toro in Toro; Ull de llebre in Catalonia; and Morisca in Extremadura); Turkey; Uruguay and USA.
(Grape Varieties Information Sourced from Wikipedia)
Two Most Effective Methods of Chilling Red Wine.
If not in a hurry, various sources suggest that, from a ‘room temperature starting point’, anywhere from 10-30 minutes or so in the fridge, ought to bring the temperature of a red wine bottle down – depending on your temperature preference. Nothing wrong with a little trial and error, either. And if too chilled just let the bottle sit for a few minutes and then taste.
In a hurry then? Well, as a quick solution and if you have the space, try the freezer – around 10-20 minutes, depending on your temperature preference. Ensure to check your bottle(s) every 10 minutes by touch. And don’t forget about it in the freezer, especially if it is sparkling wine – which will break and/or shatter when it freezes!
At the end of the day, at Great Wine Days we believe ‘it’s on the palate of the beholder’. In other words, all that matters is the temperature at which you like to drink your favourite red wine.
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Cheers to more Great Wine Days ahead!