Is wine too “heavy” in summer? Three false myths to be dispelled
The holiday season is now well upon us. August is the right time for a bit of deserved relaxation, putting the efforts and worries of the working routine right to the back of your mind. A swim in the sea, a stroll in the countryside, an excursion on the mountain lakes. Whatever your destination, any true wine lover worth their salt would never turn down a drink in good company, despite the false myths. However, above all in groups of friends on holiday, peril is always waiting just round the corner!
Be honest. At least once in your life you must have met someone who turns up their nose to it because of high temperatures, saying something like: “no thanks, it’s too hot to drink wine.” Well, as good messengers of wine-related pleasures, it is our job to show how the summer months are, on the contrary, particularly suited to a cool sip of our favourite nectar. So let’s start by dispelling some false myths that come with our beloved drink. Above all at this time of the year.
False myths on pizza with friends: “a beer for me please.”
With all due respect to our friendly producers of excellent beer, the fact that summer pizzas must be accompanied by a pint, reserving a glass of wine to other meals, is a totally misplaced myth. There are wines that can be paired perfectly with one of the most famous Italian dishes in the world. Starting from the classic Margherita: buffalo milk or fiordilatte mozzarella, tomato sauce and basil. Simplicity itself that you can accompany with a lovely glass of Carpineto Dogajolo Rosato: an elegant wine in its floral simplicity, medium-bodied and good structure, with a snappy and pleasant drinkability. A must for Margherita lovers.
You can’t manage without the sparkling freshness of some bubbly? In this case too we have a card up our sleeves: Carpineto Farnito Brut will emphasise all the ingredients of the pizza with its elegant aroma of bread crust. To try and try again, even for the most sceptical.
“Room temperature is the one that is outside”
Imagine the scene: forty degrees in the shade; unbearable humidity; the sun’s rays overheating any surface mercilessly. According to false myths that room temperature means daytime temperature, both in summer and in the winter, it would mean serving a wine at polar temperatures in January and boiling temperatures in August. Since we want to spare you mulled wine when the outside temperature is like the Sahara, let us tell you a little “secret”: room temperature isn’t the one on the thermometer, but the serving temperature. Each wine has its temperature to be served to the diner.
For well-structured red wines, like the Carpineto Brunello di Montalcino or Carpineto Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva, we are talking about a temperature of around 20 degrees centigrade. As you can see about half the temperatures reached in this summer 2022. Most people against drinking red wine in summer cite precisely this justification: how can I drink a wine at room temperature (in the wrong sense of the term) in this heat? We have given you the answer. Now, all that remains is to enjoy your favourite glass of wine. Even in August.
“Sparkling wines go with desserts”
Well, yes. In spite of the fact that a sparkling wine culture is increasingly spreading even in Italy, there are still pockets of resistance. From those who identify bubbly as marking the end of the meal: that bottle to be placed beside the cake when taking the photoshoot of a ceremony, if you see what we mean. That’s it: nothing could be further from the truth. Above all in summer, bubbly is the ideal travel companion for a lunch, a dinner or an aperitif. Carpineto Spumante Brut and Carpineto Spumante Brut Rosé are the perfect demonstration of this. Wines with slick drinkability, aromatic, beautiful acidity supported by the effervescence. To be drunk at any meal with dishes from the Italian tradition, particularly fish-based ones.
Obviously this does not mean that sparkling wine cannot be drunk with desserts. On the contrary! Everything depends on choosing the right bottle. Carpineto Spumante Dolce is the dessert wine for you. Pleasant, aromatic and never sickly-sweet, it enhances the characteristics and the aromas of its blend.
Now, all that remains is to spread the news! Debunk the false myths that unfortunately accompany us throughout the summer and enjoy a healthy drink in the company of friends and of people close to us.