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July 10, 2013

Chilling out

Spice up summer with do-it-yourself wine coolers

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“It doesn’t have to be the best stuff because you’re basically using it as a base,” he says.

Look for a wine that has a fair amount of acidity to it, i.e., “yes” to sauvignon blanc or pinot grigio, “no” to chardonnay that’s spent a lot of time in oak barrels. For red wines, Spanish wines are, not surprisingly, a good choice since sangria is a Spanish invention. Tempranillo makes a good choice.

He has an interesting take on sangria, which is usually wine fortified with something a little stronger and augmented with sugar and spices. At Spoonbar, he’s using a rose wine with pisco (Peruvian brandy), plus a little sugar, some water, fresh pineapple juice, cinnamon and a touch of clove. It’s “really refreshing,” which is good for Healdsburg, where temperatures can get toasty.

Joe Campanale, beverage director of four New York City neighborhood restaurants, encourages cocktail enthusiasts to get creative by mixing up their favorite single-serving cocktail in a pitcher for a group dinner or celebration. Keep the ingredients light, he advises, as in his Blame it on the Aperol cocktail served at the dell’anima restaurant, which combines Aperol, Bluecoat gin, lemon juice in a pitcher with plenty of ice. Give it a stir, pour into flute glasses and top off with sparkling wine for a bright effervescence.

Here are a few more suggestions on ways to make your wine cooler-spritzer-sangria-cocktail pitcher-perfect.

WHITE CHILLER

Start to finish: 5 minutes

Servings: 1

Ice

4 ounces sauvignon blanc wine

1 ounce silver or blanco tequila

Juice of 1 lime

3 ounces grapefruit soda

Combine all ingredients in a tall, ice-filled glass. Stir gently, then serve immediately.

DARK ISLAND COOLER

Start to finish: 5 minutes

Servings: 1

1/2 vanilla bean

4 ounces cabernet sauvignon wine

1 ounce spiced rum

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