Drinking Red Wine in Warm Weather

While summer is a perfect time for ice-cold beers and refreshing cocktails. We still drink a lot of red wine at home year round. It isn’t the best time of year for heavy or rustic reds, but rather fruit-driven red wines like Shiraz. that are perfect with whatever we are grilling on the barbecue. You can also try lighter, even leaner reds such as pinot noir which have the acidity to pair up with a variety of foods but that can also be served slightly chilled.


Tom Firth’s List of 8 Top Red Wines for Summer


Below are a few reds that are easy to find on liquor store shelves that are also very tasty, but more importantly, well priced, so you can bring one or two to your next barbecue.


Tinhorn Creek 2011 Oldfield Series 2Bench Red

(Okanagan Valley, BC, Canada)

Wynns 2012 Coonawarra Shiraz

(Coonawarra, Australia)

CedarCreek 2012 Shiraz Cabernet

(Okanagan Valley, BC, Canada)

Matua 2013 Pinot Noir

(Marlborough, New Zealand)

Gerard Bertrand Grand Terroir 2010 Montpeyroux Grenache-Syrah

(Languedoc, France)

Ruffino 2012 Chianti

(Chianti, Tucany, Itay)

Sokol Blosser 2011 Pinot Noir

(Dundee Hills, Oregon, USA)

Torres 2012 Altos Ibericos Crianza

(Rioja, Spain)


About Tom Firth

Tom Firth is a freelance wine writer, wine consultant, and wine judge whose work in the wine and beverage industry stretches back to the mid ‘90s. Tom is the Contributing Drinks Editor for Culinaire Magazine and is the Competition Director for the Alberta Beverage Awards. He has no qualms about tasting first thing in the morning, and his poor desk is completely covered in paper and bottles.


About Culinaire Magazine

Culinaire serves up features on dining in, dining out, wine, beer, spirits and cocktails. Culinaire is a food and beverage magazine tempting tastebuds, engaging appetites, and celebrating Alberta. We’re highlighting local people and learning from their experience and success. Sharing their secrets are chefs, sommeliers, brewers, mixologists, restaurateurs, and local food and beverage experts.