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10 Chillable Red Wines for Warm Nights

While many associate red wine with heavy, rich, full-bodied pours perfect for winter nights, winemakers are increasingly drawn toward crafting lighter reds that remain uplifting and fresh enough for warmer days. As spring sets on us and summer nears, now is the time to dabble in the world of chillable red wine.

Lighter-bodied red wines are typically high in acidity and low in tannins. This can include those made from thin-skinned grapes like Pinot Noir and Gamay, but can also include offerings produced using carbonic maceration. This winemaking technique causes reds to explode with fruity aromas and a velvety smooth texture.

Here is a selection of reds that deserve a spot in your refrigerator. They drink best with about an hour of chill. If you happen to leave them in the fridge longer, let the wine warm a bit so it opens up (about 54–60°F, for those keeping track). From Californian Cinsault to Austrian Zweigelt and even Cabernet Franc from the Finger Lakes, these are perfect for anyone who needs an extra bit of refreshment for the warmer seasons ahead.

Traslapiedra 2018 Vino de Desierto Marino Malbec (Paraje Altamira); $20, 90 points. This natural-style Malbec is fermented with native yeast and aged entirely in concrete. It’s lively on the nose in reedy wild berry and red currant aromas. The crisp, racy palate is jolting, while flavors of red plum, currant and cranberry lean spicy prior to a tight, focused finish. Drink now. Regal Wine Imports Inc. –Michael Schachner


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