Everyone knows that you chill white wine. But red? The idea seems anathema. Yet some red wines are ideal candidates for the refrigerator, and refreshing complements to all kinds of summer food.
The Right Temperature All wines taste best when served reasonably cool (not ice cold). The ideal for a fine red wine is 60 to 65 degrees. A few red wines, however, are best at an even cooler temperaturearound 50 degrees; they're the ones to seek when hot weather hits.
The Right Reds The best red wines for chilling are usually relatively straightforward, with a concentrated fruitiness and low levels of oak, tannin and alcohol. Beaujolais is pretty much the ultimate example of this style, although there are plenty of others, such as young Riojas (labeled crianza) and the lighter Zinfandels and Pinot Noirs. Wines that are made from the juicy Bonarda grape (an Argentinean grape originally from Italy) are other prime contenders for the refrigerator.