The summer heat turns a lot of wine enthusiasts to refreshing crisp whites and roses, but red wine lovers can still enjoy a lovely glass of red in the warm weather. There are so many delicious reds to be enjoyed - some are great patio wines best served slightly chilled and others are quintessential reds to match the seasons most popular dinner option, a BBQ. This is The Grange's guide for go-to wines for the summer and how they should be served. The best part is, all the recommended wines are available through our online shop.
Tasting Notes: A more structure version of our estate’s Gamay. Easy drinking, versatile style with notes of mixed berries, and plum with spice and herbs. Aged 24 months in seasoned French oak to soften the acidity and add complexity. Barrel selection gave us a gamay that had lots of intensity and excellent balance.
Why it works for summer: We love this Gamay because of its versatility. It is very easy drinking without harsh tannin or high alcohol. A fantastic aspect of our Gamay is that it's lighter in body and therefore can be served slightly chilled. We recommend chilling it for about 20 minutes before serving so it is served below room temperature (around 13-16 degrees). This will make the wine brighter and more refreshing.
Pair with (click for recipes): We love this wine with charcuterie plates made with local cheeses, cured meats and preserves with toasty bread or Proscuitto-Wrapped Roasted Ontario Asparagus.
Tasting Notes: For our reserve Pinot Noir we were looking for classic earthy notes of sour cherry-cranberry, herbal tea leaves, and spice. Lots of intensity and excellent balance. Aged 24 months in seasoned oak to soften the acidity and develop complexity. As it ages the fruit will soften and the earthiness will come forward.
Why it works for summer: A light-medium bodied Pinot Noir with supporting acidity, such as this one, can be much more refreshing in the summer than a heavier, more extracted style. Our select Pinot Noir is aged in neutral French oak which allows the lighter, fruitier notes to shine through. This wine is easy on the palate and shouldn't be served warmer than 18 degrees. This is a food friendly wine so we encourage you to try it with one of the recipes below.
Tasting Notes: “Dark berry fruit, cracked black pepper and roasted herb aromas introduce a light-on-it's-feet flow of candied red cherry and red currant jelly, balanced and brimming with confectionary sweet and racy tang through the mouth-watering finish. It’s ready for sipping now with enough oomph, charm and balance to pour well with pork, veal or roast chicken.” (Vic Harradine)
Why it works for summer: When picking a wine for summer, two things you want to watch for are high alcohol and high tannins. Overly tannic wines or wines with high alcohol can create the sensation of "false heat" or piquancy as wine enthusiasts call it. Instead of it being hot in temperature, the high alcohol creates an illusion of heat. Serving a heavier style of meat doesn't necessarily mean you need the heaviest wine to pair with it. If your are searching for a BBQ wine, our Cab Franc is brimming with dark fruit notes, smoke and a hint of cracked pepper. This wine is sure to please and is a good match for most grilled meats, both in aroma and structure.