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Tired of Rosé? Try a chilled, light red wine.

Around this time of the summer, not only are we all a little over the constant sun, but we’ve also probably drunk enough rosé to make us cringe at even the sight of the color pink.

The obvious choice would be to turn to white wine as a substitute. But you’d be missing out if you didn’t try one of warm weather’s greatest delights — and an ideal move for a backyard barbecue — which is chilling a bottle of light red, and glugging it happily.

That’s right, you can chill red wine! A solid 45 minutes in the fridge will do, and then you can let it warm up juuuuuust a bit before you pour a glass. We’ve got plenty of light chillable red choices at Henry’s, such as:

chilled reds

– “Lulu,” a very affordable and lovely Gamay from France ($15)

– “Grololo,” also from the Loire Valley of France, made from a yummy grape called Grolleau (it’s my personal fave!) ($22)

– “Pitchounet,” a blend of Southern French grapes that goes down way too easily ($20)

Domaine Grand, “Trousseau,” Cotes du Jura, a vibrant, light peppery red, perfect with cheese and charcuterie.  ($18)

By the way, you’ll notice that all of these bottles are French. It’s true that the French rule the art of drinking chilled light reds. But a lot of Italian bottles are great options, too, and some American wines, as well. Just ask us for a light red to drink on a hot day, and we’ll steer you in the right direction! See you soon.

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