Did you know that chilled red wine is the perfect summer sip? Wine expert and Mistress of Wine, Sam Caporn, says that while shoppers may be tempted to reach for a crisp sauvignon or fruity rosé during the warmer months, chilled reds are great seasonal alternatives.
Not only do they pair perfectly with alfresco favourites such as charcuterie boards and cheese platters, but they also complement the rich, juicy flavours that come with chargrilled, barbecued meats.
Sam Caporn, Mistress of Wine, comments: “Traditional serving rules state that white wine is served chilled and red wine is served at room temperature, but in the warm weather all styles of red come alive when chilled – even riper and richer styles. Chilling the wine helps to bring the alcohol and acidity back into balance, providing refreshment.
Red wine lovers will be delighted to hear that a range of different red grape varieties such as Pinot Noir, Malbec and Cairanne can be enjoyed over the summer months, something our European neighbours have known for a long time.
Simply treat the red wine as you would a white or rosé, and either leave it in the fridge or pop in an ice bucket to chill. But if you leave it in the fridge overnight as I do, I’d recommend taking it out 20 minutes before serving for optimum temperature.”
With alfresco and barbeque season in full swing, Sam suggests a selection of top tipples to pair perfectly with summer dishes and can also be enjoyed chilled.
Specially Selected Californian Pinot Noir (£7.99, 75cl)
For fish and white meat lovers, Sam suggests a light, juicy red with soft tannins such as the Specially Selected Californian Pinot Noir. She says: “The common misperception is that fish only pairs well with white or rosé. Lighter-bodied reds with red cherry aromas and a juicy, lightly spiced palate, will make a beautiful accompaniment to meaty fish such as tuna. Also, a fantastic pairing with grilled chicken.”
Specially Selected Australian Malbec (£9.99, 75cl)
Burgers, sausages, and steaks are staple serves at any barbeque gathering, and when paired with Aldi’s Specially Selected Australian Malbec, it’ll be a feast for the ages. Sam says: “For red meat, look for a tipple with rich and ripe fruits to cope with all marinades. A young, dark red such as Aldi’s Specially Selected Australian Malbec works best for succulent, barbequed meats.” Awarded BRONZE at this year’s International Wine Challenge and Decanter World Wine Awards, this wine is packed full of flavour and has been likened to The Black Stump Durif Shiraz… but is almost 20% (£2.20) cheaper.
Specially Selected French Cairanne (£8.99. 75cl)
Alfresco feasts are quintessentially summer – think hams, cured meats, cheeses and duck rillettes – which will pair spectacularly with Aldi’s Specially Selected French Cairanne. Sam says: “For popular Deli dishes, look for a flavourful red with some juicy acidity to cut through the richness of the foods. The Cairanne’s intense red fruit notes, cinnamon spice and chocolate finish will also complement a myriad number of different meats and cheeses.” Scooping up a BRONZEat the International Wine Challenge, what’s not to like?
Aldi’s award-winning red wines are available in-stores and via Click & Collect now.
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