When the heat spikes, we all embrace whites and rosés. That includes me. But, I tell you–I cannot give up red wine this time of year, which is kept in the house year-round. (Truth be told, I also drink rosé and white throughout the year). For my summer reds though, I want something chillable and a bottle that will complement the range of lighter fare like corn salad and grilled fish but can stretch to ribs.
The lip-smackingly delicious bottle of COS’ Frappato fits the bill. Grown on the Southeastern tip of Sicily at 1000 feet, the grape has traditionally been blended with the more tannic Nero d’Avola to make Cerasuolo di Vittoria. Here, on its own, it’s a lighter bodied delight filled with red cherry notes. Chill it slightly, and the Frappato hits its stride. Weight-wise, it pairs well with grilled fluke coming from Long Island, but its higher acid will also handle the sweet-tart combo of barbecue sauce applied to pork or beef. Truly, the best way to stay cool while everyone else sweats.