Wine and Shine – A guide to enjoying wine outdoors
WINE & SHINE: ENJOYING A GLASS OUTDOORS
Even when the summer hits, Malbec is still a great go-to-wine for even the most sweltering of days. Typically known as a bold, robust wine, Malbec can be surprisingly refreshing, especially when you're outdoors and the temps are rising. Here are some quick tips for cooling down your favorite Malbec:
Everyone just chill. This may come as a surprise, but all red wine should be slightly chilled year-round. That doesn't mean you should stash it in the fridge, but chilling the bottle over ice until it reaches 65°F will bring out the rich aromas and flavors in the wine. The mouthfeel will be smoother, and the overall taste will be more vivid, more refreshing.
Serve it in a great setting. Creating the right vibe to serve as a backdrop for your wine selection is all about who you're with and where you are. Get everyone together under the night sky, and light up the parilla for a truly memorable Malbec experience.
Don't grill the usual suspects. Slightly chilled Malbec always pairs well with red meat, but summer is a great time to skip the obvious and make some adventurous pairings. Try your hand at choripán and toss some veggies on the grill for a refreshing departure from the norm.
Next step: Throw on some shorts and shades and get ready to wine and shine.