Although a beer on a hot day is a classic choice, you hardly need to cross wine off of your list when the mercury rises. Wine drinkers can stay cool this summer with their preferred beverage.
Stay Cool With Chilled Wine
Cold drinks act on your internal body temperature, and our liquor store in Downtown Vancouver stocks many wines that are best served chilled.
Go Ice Cold With Sparkling Wine
Sparkling wines are the top choice when you want a really cold drink. Extreme cold offers the added bonus of limiting the foaminess of the bubbles. We recommend chilling these wines to 5 to 10 degrees Celsius. You can accomplish this by placing the bottle in the freezer for roughly 1 hour before serving. Be sure to keep the bottle in an ice bucket if there’s any left after the first pour.
Be Cool With White Wine or Rosé
If you’re not a fan of bubbles, opt instead for your favourite white wine or rosé. You’ll find many domestic and imported choices at liquor stores in Vancouver including St. Regis Fine Wines & Spirits. The ideal serving temperatures for white wines ranges from 10 to 15 degrees Celsius. A half day in the refrigerator or 30 minutes in the freezer will draw the wine down to this temperature range.
Chill Out With Red Wine
A slight chill can help bring out the flavour of red wines although you’ll want them just a little lower than room temperature. One hour in the refrigerator before serving should bring red wine to about 15 to 20 degrees Celsius.
Should You Add Ice Cubes to Wine?
Some wine lovers might denounce the thought of icing wine. They have a point, especially when it comes to red wines. Dropping a red wine’s temperature significantly with ice cubes could alter acidic or tannin flavours in an unappealing way.
Actually, ice reduces the aroma and taste of any wine because the melting ice thins out the beverage. As an alternative, try freezing wine cubes or grapes and adding them to your glass.
Whether you’re planning a picnic, family barbecue or patio soiree, St. Regis Fine Wines & Spirits stocks all of the icy beverages you need for your warm-weather celebrations.