Woof, it’s been hot. What are known as the “dog days of summer” are here. The Dog Days are the hottest, most sultry days of summer. According to John Brady’s Clavis Calendaria of 1813, Dog Days were an evil time when “the sea boiled, the wine turned sour, dogs grew mad, and all other creatures became languid; causing a man, among other diseases, burning fevers, hysterics and phrensies.”
Sheesh. Maybe all man needs is a glass of wine.
For the best cool down vinos, we turned to winemaker, Mark Schabel who suggests, “Think crisp and fresh whites and light reds.” For whites, he recommends Moscato, our refreshing, sparkling wine, Pinot Grigio and Vermentino, both of which are crisp, fruity and easy to drink.
When it comes to reds, you can’t go wrong with Beverino, our best-seller which can be drunk chilled, which is how Mark suggests having it in the heat. It is very fruit-forward, reminiscent of a light Pinot Noir with notes of black raspberry. Also good is our Sangiovese in the form of Sangria. You can make The Restaurant at Ponte’s famous house Sangria at home using their recipe.
So, the next time the temperature breaks 90 and there isn’t a pool or beach in sight, uncork one of these wines, grab a fan and think cool. You’ll be chilled out faster than you can say “Attica!”*
*Al Pacino’s famous line from Dog Day Afternoon
–What is your favorite warm weather wine?