With the weekend in sight, many of us up and down the country will be looking forward to spending our Saturdays relaxing with a nice cool drink
Are you looking for a particularly nice way to stay cool that you may not necessarily think of?
Well, red wine - yes, we did mean red - could be the solution! Hot summer weather is the time of year to enjoy light reds, served chilled, and this year, the Master of Wine reveals the top tips for serving red during a heatwave.
“Not just any red qualifies for chilling. Leave blockbuster Cabernets in the wine rack until Autumn. What you want are light, fruity examples with lower alcohol and softer tannins. Time in the fridge will increase the freshness, so the wines taste juicier and even more appetising.”
So, what's the best way to chill red wine? Simply Put the bottle in the fridge for 25 minutes prior to serving or plunge it into an ice bucket filled with ice and water for around 8-10 minutes.
If you're after faster results, add an ice cube - simply opt for more than one cube before you start diluting the wine. A neat solution will be to chill the glasses prior to pouring in the wine.
It's set to hit shelves nationwide from today, with the latest Lidl Wine Tour starting from only £5.99, providing a variety of chillable, light summery reds - there's a particular focus on fresh and aromatic Austrian and Hungarian wines, with nearly half having an ABV of less than 12 per cent, providing easy summer drinkability.
The latest wine tour will also include intense and moreish Vin Art Villányi Portugieser, which is priced at £6.99 - and, according to Lidl UK's consultant Master of Wine, Richard Balpfield, is best enjoyed after being chilled for around half an hour.