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While all those whites and roses you’ve been quaffing this summer have been taking up prime real estate in the fridge, we bet your red wine stock has been rather neglected. But summer heat doesn’t mean you have to shun some of your favorite reds. There’s a reason cellar temperature is standard for red wine service in restaurants — a dip in temp can bring out more aromas and flavors to compliment your dining experience. And especially for lighter bodied reds, a lower temp can make refreshing what would otherwise feel unseasonably heavy. So scooch over the Chard and make way for some of our favorite chillable reds.

Puianello

Lambrusco Amabile

From the Emilia-Romagna region, the famous hotbed of Italy’s tastiest finger foods, Lambruscos are highly food-friendly and not afraid to be flavorful. Any amabile Lambrusco will have an element of sweetness, but the gauzy froth and depth of flavor has a lot more crowd appeal than your standard “sweet” wine. Puianello Lambrusco Amabile is just off-dry with a vibrant, lifted mousse chock full of tart black cherry, blackberry jam, and an alluring, savory combo of wild mint and bitter chocolate. Drizzle a balsamic glaze over some prosciutto for a classic pairing, or sip Puianello alongside Korean barbeque, chicken mole, or even chocolate torte. 

 

90+ Cellars

Russian River Pinot Noir


You could normally expect a reserve selection of sustainably grown fruit from one of California’s most sought-after Pinot Noir regions to carry a substantially higher price tag than this example from 90+ Cellars. The particulars of the Russian River Valley in Sonoma County make notably aromatic Pinots, allowing more finessed notes of herbs and earth to shine amongst bright fruit and florals. 90+ Cellars found some primo Pinot for their Russian River Reserve bottling, showcasing bright pink strawberry, juicy red cherry, notes of violet, and a slight touch of forest.

 

Nexo

Rioja 

 Across the board, wines of Rioja offer excellent quality and value compared to their stylistic counterparts. As powerful and meaty as an aged Reserva can be, the jubilant fruit of a youthful Rioja like Nexo can be just what you need for a picnic or an evening on the patio. On its face easygoing and bright with red cherry, pomegranate, black raspberry, and plum, the addition of a chill will bring out deeper aromas of cherry bark, rose, and earthy sweet tobacco. Nexo would be delicious with a steak or portabella off the summer grill!

 

Enjoy these wines anytime thru June 21st at any of our Top Ten Locations.

-Aimee Hutchinson | Wine Lead Top Ten Liquors

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