Your guide to drink­ing warmweather wine

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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.

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