Your guide to drinking warmweather wine
A wine expert gives us his best picks.
When it comes to a refreshing drink after a steamy round of golf, wine might not come to mind. Maybe that’s because you’re drinking it at the wrong temperature. “The crisper, lighter, fruitier wines are perfect for the summer,” says Cape winemaker Francois van Zyl (Laibach), a keen golfer who rates courses for Golf Digest. “And, yes, you should drink them chilled – even certain softer reds which are less wooded, have less tannin, and less alcohol content.”
If you don’t store your reds slightly chilled, pop them in the fridge about an hour before serving. “You want them around 15 degrees or slightly cooler,” says Van Zyl. Whites can be served even cooler, “but not too cold, or it’ll mute the aromatics. Keep a bottle of white sitting on crushed ice,” he says. Here are his summer picks.