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Cool Reds for High Temps! Summer-Ready Red Wines

Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean red wine should stay off the table! The wine world produces some great reds for when the heat goes up, so here are some recommendations from the New and Old World from the experts at Spec’s!

Brutocao Pinot Noir Pinot Noir is one of the lighter reds, and this example from from Mendocino, California is described by the Spec’s aficionados as “really lovely and subtle.” It is medium-bodied and extremely soft, with flavors of cola and red fruit, and a hint of creamy oak on the finish.

Cune Vina Real is a Crianza Rioja wine from Spain. It is medium-bodied, with flavors of cherry fruit, hints of black pepper and earth, and dusty tannins, all of which balance perfectly. It’s delicious with light foods or lightly chilled.

Little James Basket Press This French blend is what is known as a “naked” red, meaning that is unoaked. Mainly Grenache, with strawberry and cherry flavors, juicy acidity, and a touch of black pepper.


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