Top 10 Red Wines to Drink Chilled

Sweaty and thirsty? Afraid of the inky stuff come summertime? Don’t fear– red wine can be chilled.

In the summer months, letting your bottle spend 20 minutes in the fridge or 10 on ice can bring out a gulpable and refreshing side of red you may not have known exists.

BUT, not all reds respond well to being iced- and chilling the wrong reds will bring out all the wrong flavors for summer sipping.

We asked WA’s very own Peter Eastlake (rockstar wine drinker and sommelier) what the best red wines to chill are. His picks are below… keep it cool, friends:


1) Gamay from Beaujolais, France.

2) Pinot Noir from Oregon, California or even Alsace, France.

3) Zweigelt hailing from Austria.

4) Schiava de Alto Adige, Italy.

5) Frappato from Sicily.

6) Lambrusco, the famous Italian sparkling red.

7) Reds from the Alentejo region of Portugal.

8) Grenache / Garnacha, be it from France or Spain.

9) Cabernet Franc from the Loire Valley.

10) Zinfandels with lower percentages of alcohol by volume, the less booze, the better cooled.



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