Let's say it here, once and for all: there is nothing wrong with throwing a bottle of red in the refrigerator for a few minutes to bring it down to cellar temperature (about 56 degrees F). Certain light-bodied reds lend themselves to even more of a chill and can actually become appealing even in the blistering summer heat. Gamay is definitely one of those wines. Originally from the Beaujolais region of France, this once-overlooked wine is versatile, approachable, and a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. Pair this with any BBQ or picnic and open yourself up to the possibility that red wine is a year-round kind of drink.
Chateau de la Chaize Brouilly, $14
The definition of chillable red, this bright, red-berried wine has earthy undertones that make it perfect for a summer cookout.
Chistopher Pacalet Fleurie, $18
You will not find a better deal.
If you really can't get off the rosé train, try at least going for something with a little spunk. Cerasuolo d'Abruzzo is an intense dark rosé/light red. It's made with 85% montepulciano, a grape that has a dark skin with high tannins. Winemakers leave the juice on the skin for a little longer than your normal rosé, producing a fresh, deeply colored wine full of sour cherry, red plum, and raspberry. Pair this with the beach, a sandwich, a rooftop… anything.