Rosé is undoubtedly having its moment, and white wine and bubbles will always be associated with warmer weather, but what about reds? Should we disregard them all summer long?
I couldn't help but nod along with @jomcnally's comic musings on Twitter: "Nothing more disturbing than watching someone drink red wine in the sun. It's as confusing as if I had to watch someone floating around on a lilo, drinking a can of soup through a straw."
Cosy nights by the fire, sure. A big bottle in a steak restaurant, absolutely. But although reds aren't top of most wine drinkers' minds at this time of year, there are some that should be savoured chilled.
While most of us think room temperature is the right way to serve red wine, our homes are much warmer than they once were, so even the boldest bottles could do with a drop of a couple of degrees. Wine that's too warm can seem flabby and imbalanced: it loses some of its structure and often the alcohol will taste out of whack.
Many reds benefit from slight chilling, while others are at their finest served at the same temperature as full-bodied whites and work wonderfully with barbecues and pizzas, salads and cold plates - the only kind of food that most of us are making these days.
Typically, lighter-bodied red wines lend themselves well to chilling (the likes of Pinot Noir, Gamay, Cinsault, Cabernet Franc) but don't be afraid to pop almost any bottle in the fridge for 20 minutes if the room feels too warm.
Philip Dunne, the award-winning head sommelier of Wilde at The Westbury Hotel, agrees. He says chilling is "the perfect persuasion for white-wine drinkers to drink red - try out some gorgeous Gamay from Beaujolais. Think fresh farmers' market strawberries, cold-pressed and served cool, around 10°C. It's a little bit like a more intense rosé. It's something I've loved for years - now I'm passing the idea on to our guests".
Many hot countries refrigerate their red wines out of necessity and when the temperature rises here, it makes sense that we do the same. Chilling works best with simple, fruity young reds, so steer clear of heavily oaked or high-tannin styles.
You've probably been served red wine straight from the fridge on a summer holiday that now seems like a distant memory and not even noticed it was cold. Both you and your wine quickly acclimatise. Recreating that experience on a hot day at home might be as close as we'll get to that feeling this year.
I rarely describe a red wine as refreshing, but cooled for the right amount of time, it can be just as invigorating as a glass of rosé. So stick a bottle in your cooler bag to bring camping this summer, serve chilled reds for sunny garden get-togethers, and enjoy with all the foods you'd normally pair with red. You don't need to switch to white or rosé this season or, worse, end up with soupy wine!
Claus Preisinger Puszta Libre!
€18-€21, 12pc, from Martins Off-Licence, 64 Wine, Baggot Street Wines, Green Man Wines, The Wicklow Wine Co, nattywine.ie, Sweeney's D3, First Draft Coffee & Wine, The Winehouse, Trim
Organic, biodynamic, unfiltered, with minimal intervention, spontaneous fermentation and very little sulphur - sounds complicated but it isn't. A crowd pleaser, this Austrian wine made from Zweigelt and St Laurent is like Ribena for adults: fun, juicy, effervescent and begging to be drunk chilled.
Leyda Single Vineyard Las Brisas Pinot Noir 2017
€16.95 (down to €14.95), 13.5pc, O'Briens
The maritime influence of the cool-climate region of Leyda Valley, close to Chile's Pacific Ocean coastline, means the vineyards on the slopes here are perfectly poised for Pinot Noir. Elegant and earthy with ripe cherry and strawberry and smooth, subtle tannins. Pair with grilled salmon.
€15, 13.5pc, Marks & Spencer
Bright and refreshing Gamay from the most famous of the Beaujolais villages. This black-fruit-filled summery red would be perfect with a simple supper of a ham and cheese crêpe sitting out in the garden at the end of a long day.
Maison Rouge Beaujolais 2018
€6.99, 13pc, Aldi
An absolute cracker for the price and a no-brainer if you just want to experiment. This one reminds you of a confectionery shop when you stick your nose in the glass, but it's spicy on the finish with a little texture, too. Perfect as a value option for larger family barbecues.
La Croisade Reserve Pinot Noir 2018
€17.99, 12.5pc, SuperValu
The aromas might be subtle with a slight hint of violet, but this Pinot Noir is bursting with ripe summer berries. A velvety-smooth finish that would be lovely with a cheese board on a warm evening outside.
Rebel City Distillery - the first new distillery in Cork for 50 years - has just launched Maharani Gin, which is given its unique flavour by zesty pomelo as well as organic spices cassia and nutmeg mace sourced from a women's co-operative in Kerala in India. This is the home state of Bhagya Barrett, who founded the distillery with her husband, Robert, a biochemist-turned-fine spirits expert. €49, Celtic Whiskey Shop and rebelcitydistillery.com/stockists