5 Red Picnic Wines to Serve Chilled

I like a full-bodied red wine as much as the next red-blooded American -- just not in August. In this heat, I'd rather chill a good Beaujolais alongside my beers.
08/06/2014 01:32 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

David Lynch

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I like a full-bodied red wine as much as the next red-blooded American -- just not in August. In this heat, I'd rather chill a good Beaujolais alongside my beers. And you know what? That "light-weight" red with the flowery label goes with a grilled steak just fine, its acid cutting through fat like a chain saw. Mind you, I'm not into that nouveau fluff that invades our bistros every November; I'm talking about real Beaujolais -- the underappreciated Gamay grape, rooted in granite soil -- from these cru areas in France: Brouilly, Chᅢᄅnas, Chiroubles, Saint-Amour, Cᅢᄡte de Brouilly, Morgon, Fleurie, Juliᅢᄅnas, Moulin-ᅢᅠ-Vent, and Rᅢᄅgniᅢᄅ. I'd say that committing those names to memory is the only heavy lifting you need to do this month.

Here are 5 wines that you should be drinking outside, chilled:

1. Pavillon de Chavannes Ambassades 2012, Cᅢᄡte de Brouilly; $23; sussexwine.com

2. Domaine des Braves Regnie 2012; $18; northsidewine.com

3. Chᅢᄁteau de la Chappelle des Bois Fleurie Grand Prᅢᄅ 2011; $22; sussexwine.com

4. Georges Descombes Morgon 2012; $24; chambersstwines.com

5. Dominique Piron Morgon 2012; $17; sherry-lehmann.com