Memorial Day ushered in the unofficial start of summer and warm weather, but that doesn’t mean we have to set aside red wines until fall. Instead, try one of these delicious summer-friendly reds which are lighter-bodied, delicious served slightly chilled, and pair extremely well with summer foods such as barbecue, and grilled meats and vegetables.
Arrogant Frog Pinot Noir (Languedoc, France)
With aromas of strawberry, cherry, and a hint of vanilla, Arrogant Frog Pinot Noir is a delicate and elegant red that pairs well with small bites and grilled meats, making it the ideal wine for summer entertaining.
Fontanafredda Briccotondo Barbera Piemonte DOC (Piemonte, Italy)
While Piemonte is best known for Barolo, it is also home to delicious wines made from the Barbera grape. Fontanafredda Briccotondo Barbera is light-bodied and packed with black fruit, especially blackberries and plums. Serve it slightly chilled for the perfect summer wine.
Planeta Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG (Sicily)
With summer comes barbecue season, and Planeta’s Cerasuolo di Vittoria is the ideal barbecue wine. Typical of wines produced in the Vittoria region of Sicily, it offers aromas of red berries, strawberries, cherries, fresh figs and ginger. It is the perfect wine to serve with grilled chicken, burgers, and steaks.