Red wine drinkers, rejoice! Your favorite sipping weather is just around the corner.
If you're more excited than a kid at Christmas and simply can't wait a few more weeks, Josh Shapiro at the Short North's Vino 100 has a couple suggestions to temper your taste buds.
Consider these light reds and roses: all are from France, where wines take the name of their growing regions, and a couple of them can be chilled. Clearly, they're the best choice for a mid-September cheers to the end of summer. -Brittany Kress
Pierre Chermette Beaujolais (2007)
Flavors: Light berry and cherry, not heavy with acidity or on the tongue
Pairs well with: Light meat like chicken, salmon or pork
Who'll enjoy it: Red-wine drinkers who enjoy the old-world style of more muted flavors
Josh Shapiro's advice: "If it's a hot day, you can put a little bit of a chill on it. My friends actually oftentimes serve it with a little bit of a chill."
Pezat Bordeaux Rose (2006)
Flavors: Light and dry, with lots of strawberry
Pairs well with: Chicken, tilapia with caper sauce, turkey chili or even hot dogs
Who'll enjoy it: Chill it as a hot-day solution for a red-wine drinker ready for fall
Josh Shapiro's advice: "Everyone thinks of a rose as a white zin. But in France, they've been drinking it for centuries, and it's always been a dry red wine."
Nicolas Potel Bourgogne (2005)
Flavors: Muted fruit, earthy flavors and strongly acidic finish
Pairs well with: Turkey (think Thanksgiving), quail, pork chops or chili
Who'll enjoy it: Someone who loves American-style pinot noir won't go for this dinner-table version
Josh Shapiro's advice: "Acid in a wine actually makes you hungry. It's built to be consumed with food, whereas a lot of American pinots are made to be stand-alone wines."