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Bottles for the Dog Days of Summer

Posted on | August 3, 2015 | Written by Janice Cable | No Comments

IMG_2412If you’re in the greater New York City area—or most of the country, really—you’re probably feeling  hot, sticky, sweaty and deeply nostalgic about winter. The good news is that even while pairing wines to the hot, hot heat may feel as bothersome as getting dressed, the wines that go best with sticky temperatures (and food that’s friendly with sticky weather) tend to be affordable. When the weather is oppressive, you don’t want a big, brooding Barolo, a wine that requires contemplation and study, a wine that weighs heavily on the palate. The time for those wines will come, but the summer gives you the opportunity to take a walk on the uncomplicated side.

If you’re looking for wines that make for easy-peasy summer drinking, it’s hard to find anything better than Donnas Vallee d’Aosta Rosso, a northern Italian take on Nebbiolo. Likewise, Valle dell’Acate’s Frappato, which drinks like a wine version of wild strawberries drizzled with balsamic vinegar.

One good rule of thumb is that if you’re drinking wine in hot weather, choosing a wine from a region whose weather is hot will get you a good wine for hot weather. That said, it’s hard to go wrong with Paolo Bea’s Santa Chiara, which has a really lovely salted caramel finish and a nice, weighty mouth-feel. Nor will the Monastero Suore Cistercensi Coenobium, made by nuns guided by Giampero Bea, go wrong on a hot summer day; it’s a lighter, livelier version of the Santa Chiara at about half the price.

If you’re still lost, you can always lock yourself in air-conditioned comfort and avail yourself of our online sales help. Modern conveniences are so, well, convenient.


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