Another Great Red Wine to Chill: Field Recordings Freddo

Hats off again to a wine shop in my neighborhood, Dandelion Wine, for offering chilled reds in their cold box(es). Previously I spotted the Prà Morandina Valpolicella. Now, meet the Field Recordings Freddo Sangiovese. Let’s get to know this chillable red.

Field Recordings Freddo Sangiovese 2018 ($25)

This first thing you notice about the bottle is its Coors Light-esque label. (Stay with me….) The Rockies don’t turn blue when your beverage is cold, but the text on the front label does. Hot damn, check it out:

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This 100 % Sangiovese wine is 100% from Paso Robles. It clocks in at 11.9% ABV, which would be fine by me for a white wine as far as alcohol levels go. So I’m even more delighted to encounter a red with such a moderate ABV level. And compared to a lot of brawny, pumped-up Tuscan Sangio, the Field Recordings Freddo has significantly noticeable Sangiovese character while housed in a more modest frame. It’s also made via carbonic maceration, a fermentation technique yielding a wonderful fresh fruit pop & a highly gulpable wine.

The moral of the story is Paso isn’t all big wines, Sangiovese can do well outside of Tuscany, and make your fridge love you by stocking it with light red wines to drink nice and cold. (Don’t worry, it’ll warm up a bit in your glass. And then reveal nuance in a delightful, deliberate manner. Or, fuck it, just toss some ice in. That’s how I drank it in the heat & humidity.

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My New Wine Segment on the Snacky Tunes Podcast


I’m a huge fan of the podcast that talks about food and talks about music, Snacky Tunes. So I was absolutely delighted when asked to submit a monthy wine segment for the show. And my first one is now available! I focus on red wines you can chill and enjoy all summer long. So dig learning about chillable reds:

Also on this episode:

  • Go deep into Project 258, a cookbook from Hudson Valley, NY restaurant Fish & Game. Chef Zakary Pelaccio and author, photographer and illustrator Peter Barett stop by.
  • A live, in-studio performance by New York City electro pop singer Julietta of her single, “Runaway.” It’s perfect for your summer dance parties, according to show hosts (and brothers) Greg and Darren Bresnitz.

Don’t forget my previous appearences on Snacky Tunes, where I talk about the best restaurants in the country for wine and the top global travel destinations for wine lovers.


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How To Drink Red Wine in the Summertime

How To Drink Red Wine in the SummertimeI went to one of my favorite spots for wine in Seattle, Le Caviste, to meet up with Dana from Foodie Saveur. Was it hot outside? Yes. Did I drink red wine? Indeed.

Dana was so intrigued by my willingness to drink red wine during a day of elevated temperatures she asked me to share secrets to enjoying red wine amidst baking temperatures. (Note: it was nice and cool inside Le Caviste; not kiln-like. And this phone screen shot reflects Dallas, Texas, where I am writing this blog post while at TEXSOM. And, good news: you can see temperatures have cooled off from the 105 degree weather of the last few days.)

Get my tips and recommendations:

Red Wine in the Summer? Yes!

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