Sweet Summer Sipping: Wines to Keep Cool
While most people have been waiting for warmer days to arrive, one negative to hot weather is the ability to keep cool outdoors. What many people may not know is that one way to keep cool and refreshed during summer is a nice cold glass of sweet summer wine. But just any ol’ wine will not do the trick. So, if you want to keep cool during the hot days of summer, here are some cool wine tips:
Wear light clothing
In order to maximize the cooling effects of the sweet summer wine, you also need to take some other measures, such as wearing light, bright clothes that tend to reflect light back. Wear a hat and use a shade or umbrella if you have one.
Choosing a sweet summer wine
If you want a cool wine, then go with a light wine, preferably a white wine like Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, or Sauvignon Blanc. These friendly light white wines have an alcohol level of less than 12.5 percent and are not too sweet but are refreshing with very pleasant flavors. Unfortunately, red wines are not as good for cooling the body as white wines unless you pick a very light red wine, such as Pinot Noir, Merlot, or Malbec.
Chill the wine
For cool wine, always chill the wine before drinking. This means placing it in the refrigerator for a couple of hours and taking it out 20 minutes before you are ready to drink it. Once the bottle is opened, make sure to have an ice bucket, as this will help maintain the freshness and coolness of the beverage. Avoid cooling the wine too much as it could result in a loss of flavor. In general, red wines should be served between 60-70 degrees, while white wines should be served between 44 to 55 degrees.
You preferably want to avoid oaked or aged wines as they tend to have high tannins and alcohol, a combination that often does not lead to cooling of the body. Hence, choose unoaked wines as they are usually young, light, and fresh.
Try sparkling wines
On a warm summer day, the one beverage that can cool you down and make you feel refreshed is sparkling wine. Sparkling wines are fizzy and bubbly because of the high levels of carbon dioxide. Sparkling wines may be made from red or white grapes and may be dry or sweet, depending on the winemaker. The great feature of sparkling wines is the pleasant icy fizziness with a broad range of fruit flavors. With just a few sips, you will develop a cooling sensation with the urge to drink more.
Finally, to keep your sweet summer wine cool, use the right buckets, and the right glassware. Stemmed glasses help keep the cool wine cooler longer because the glass surface does not come into contact with your warm hands.
Try Our Sweet Summer Wines Today!
Here are some great sweet summer wines for you to try this season:
This wine is made from grapes that have been frozen on the vine, which concentrates the sugars and flavors. The result is a sweet, crisp wine with notes of pear, honey, and jasmine.
This rosé is made from Pinot Noir grapes that have been grown in the Pacific Northwest. The wine is light and refreshing with a hint of sweetness.
This ice wine is made from grapes that have been frozen on the vine, which concentrates the sugars and flavors. The result is a sweet, dessert wine with notes of apricot, peach, and honey.
This wine is made from Grüner Veltliner grapes that have been grown in Austria. The wine is dry and refreshing with notes of citrus, apple, and minerality.