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Summer Wine Series – Around the World of Wines

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Summertime is a great time to enjoy wine with family and friends. With a little info and a sense of adventure, here’s a terrific chance to enjoy a variety of summer wines from around the world. You might be surprised to discover just how affordable these delicious international wines can be.


Bill Candela is a Southern California-based studying wine master, and the Wine Pal at Lisa.fm. I asked him about the hottest world wines of the summer, as well as his secrets for extending the life of wine we bring home.


Hottest World Wines
“Some of the hottest wines this summer are the sauvignon blancs out of New Zealand,” said Bill. “Most of these wines are crisp and not over acidic. They’re very inexpensive, ranging from around $12–$14 a bottle. They’re absolutely food friendly and go with any kinds of meat and fish.”


Looking for something that goes well at a barbecue? Bill advises, “Australian shiraz.” At anywhere from $9–$20 a bottle, “these wines are fruit forward and they’ll stand up to any type of food.” Bill points out that the California versions of this delicious red (and one of my favorites) are much more pricey—going for an average of $20–$40 a bottle. 


Spain is another great option for deals on summer wines. Tempranillo is a favorite of mine. Listen to my podcast with Bill to find out more on one of the hottest Spanish wines, or check out Forbes.com’s list of 25 super Spanish wines for under $50.


Extending the Life of your Wine
You may be in the mood to enjoy a glass of your favorite wine, but don’t plan on finishing the bottle. No problem—Bill says you could actually store an open bottle of wine (red or white) in your refrigerator for up to a week, and maybe longer if the fridge isn’t opened and closed a lot.


“Open (the bottle) right away, pour a glass, re-cork it as tight as you can and keep it in the fridge,” said Candela. “When you want to drink it again, you’ll have to let the red wine sit out until it gets to room temperature.” 


It could as long as sixty to ninety minutes for the red to get back to room temperature, but if you plan ahead (take it out of the fridge in advance), or even pour the wine into a glass for faster-warming,  this is an ideal way to extend the life of a good bottle of wine. 


Storing Wine at Home
“Not everyone wants to invest in a wine cooler, so pick a space in your home that’s dark and cool … maybe in a corner with the shades closed.” Candela warns it’s very important to keep the temperature consistent with wine. “Wine does not like huge swings in temperature,” he says. “It doesn’t matter if it’s a little bit warmer as long as it’s consistent.”


Storing wine on top of the refrigerator is a no no because the vibration of the fridge could change the genetic structure of the wine, ruining it. Also, heat rises, and if the fridge is also located near the stove, it will be even warmer.


The temperature of wine should also be a factor when you determine where your purchase your wine.  Find out why Bill suggests avoiding the ‘big box’ stores and other discounters, by clicking on the Summer Wine Series—World Wines Podcast at www.lisa.fm


By Lisa Osborne


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