I recently saw a great post from Jim Bernau, Founder/Winegrower at Willamette Valley Vineyards where he reminds us that drinking chilled red wine, especially a Pinot, can be as delightful and refreshing on a warm summer day as the traditional chilled wines like Pinot Gris, Dry Rosé, and Riesling. The key, he says, is to understand which red wines lend themselves to being chilled.
In a recent CNN.com article, Chilling with red wine, Ray Isle asks, “Why don’t people drink red wine cold?” and recommends trying the 2010 Willamette Valley Vineyards Whole Cluster Pinot Noir chilled:
Some Pinots don’t chill well—more robust versions, for instance a good percentage of what California produces. But find a delicate, lighter style, and Pinot tastes great chilled down. Oregon’s a good place to look; among the best choices there is the floral 2010 Willamette Valley Vineyards Whole Cluster Pinot Noir …
What about you? Do you think red wine can be chilled and refreshing? Have you tried it yourself? Let us know!