Summer is great for certain things — Grease-style lovin’, for instance — but it’s not great for red wine. The tannins, higher alcohol, and fuller body of many red wines tends to relegate them to cold-weather-only status. But you don’t have to cut out an entire category of wine just because the AC is on. There are a number of reds that will help you get a buzz even while you’re sweatier than a French dockworker.
Channeling the immortal words of Hansel from the epic Zoolander: Beaujolais is so hot right now. Beaujolais, a rather large region south of the delicious Pinot Noir- and Chardonnay-growing areas of Burgundy, primarily grows the thin-skinned grape called Gamay. Fortunately for brokesters, this situation does also make for relatively inexpensive drinking. Even the very best examples are terrific bargains, though prices have crept up in recent years, and they’re all best served chilled. (more…)