For red-wine lovers like me, July can be the cruelest month. The long, hot summer ahead usually brings with it oceans of insipid Pinot Grigios and overoaked Chardonnays at barbecues, parties, and other gatherings. But that doesn't have to be the case. My advice is to ignore conventional wisdom and continue to drink wines you like, even if they're red. Just give them the best opportunity to shine by pairing them with chicken or lamb off the grill, pasta dishes, even a roast beef sandwich. And don't forget to serve them when they're cool to the touch. That'll help mask the excessive alcohol and make even the most robust Shiraz or Sangiovese at least somewhat refreshing. The wines might not show as much bouquet at first-but they'll warm up in the glass soon enough.
I have little use for white wines with the mouthfeel of reds. They remind me of people who say, "You'll love my cat. It's just like a dog." Instead, I want my whites to be racy and zingy, all crispness and acidity. I'mRead More »from Wines to drink in July: more than just white