Some of my favorite red wines for warm weather sipping come from the French wine growing region of Beaujolais. These bright, fruity reds, which are made from gamay grapes, are best enjoyed a little chilled. Although styles and quality vary, they are often light in body and easy to drink with moderate acidity and gentle tannins. The following wines from two different Beaujolais appellations would go well with lighter meat entrées and salmon. They are both from Domaine Boulon, an estate in its sixth generation of family ownership.
Domaine J. Boulon 2017 Beaujolais Vieilles Vignes, Beaujolais Supérieur, France
Bought • Wine Merchant, 7817 Forsyth Boulevard, in June for $9.99
Description • Wines from the Beaujolais Supérieur appellation are a bit uncommon as they make up less than 1 percent of all wines from the region. Beaujolais Supérieur is considered a small step up from the basic Beaujolais designation and has a slightly higher alcohol level. This one is a particularly good value. Fresh, light and lively, this is a very aromatic, fruity red that tastes of juicy cherries with some earthiness and a refreshing acidity.
Domaine J. Boulon 2017 Brouilly, France
Bought • Wine Merchant, 7817 Forsyth Boulevard, in June for $12.99
Description • The highest quality Beaujolais wines come from 10 villages, known as Crus. Each has its own appellation bearing the name of its individual village. This red is from Brouilly, the largest of the Crus. Although Brouilly is known for its delicate, fruity reds, this one is a tad bigger in body than the Beaujolais Supérieur. It’s also softer and more complex. Tasting of plums and berries with a touch of spice, this is a smooth red with lots of finesse.