Perfect Summer Red & Site Update

I realize that summer is not the major time for reds and that most people prefer white wines and rosé on a warm summer’s evening. However, not every red wine is full-bodied, heavy and tannic.

Perfect Summer Red

What is the perfect summer red? This question does not have a single answer but in my opinion a summer red should be fruity, unoaked, light, easy to drink and of course taste good. Soft, mellow tannins are beneficial, too. If your red wine follows these requirements then it’s perfect for summer. Recently, I found my perfect summer red. These days temperatures in Munich reached almost 30°C (86°F) and red wine was often not an option these days.

2012 Villa Merighi - Fiore Rosso - IGT Rosso VenetoRecently I tried a red wine from Villa Merighi, a small, organic winery from Veneto, Italy and thought immediately that the wine was ideal for summer. The winery was founded in the 1960s by Livio Fugatti and is located in San Giorgio in Salici, just outside of Verona, the city of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

On 30 hectares Villa Merighi grows a variety of grapes that are mostly used to make Bianco di Custoza, Bardolino and Bardolino Chiaretto. Did you know that Bardolino is actually produced from a similar set of grapes like Valpolicella and Amarone? Both are made with a blend of Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara grapes. Corvinone is often added to Amarone and Valpolicella whearas Negarara is found in many Bardolino blends.

2012 Fiore Rosso

Fiore Rosso is a blend of Marzemino, Retico and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. The wine undergoes a fermentation that includes grape skins maceration and ages for a three months in stainless steel vats. This guarantees that the wine keeps its fresh fruit notes. In the glass, Fiore Rosso had a bright ruby red color. 12% was the label listed ABV. The name Fiore Rosso literally translates to Red Flower. On the nose, there was an explosion of red fruit! Mulberry, red currant and raspberry are easily identified. In the mouth, Fiore Rosso was dry with notes of cherries. The wine was easy to drink and had a lingering finish. Perfect harmony between bouquet and palate.

3.5 / 5 stars      

A bottle of Fiore Rosso retails in Munich for around 10€. That’s a good quality price ratio.  Definitely looking forward to drink it again. Fiore Rosso is best served at around 16°C.  Fiore Rosso is best drank young. I have tried a 2008 vintage a few months ago and it was not that good anymore. The thing that I dislike most about Fiore Rosso is its synthetic cork. I am a traditionalist when it comes to wine closure and prefer real cork over synthetic cork.

As always let me know how you like the wine if you have tried it. What is your perfect summer red? Let me know in the comment section.

Site Update

UpdateAs you might have noticed, I have updated Vino in Love.  Any suggestions and critic are highly appreciated. The new interactive landing page now includes featured posts. The site is now faster and allows more post formats but unfortunately I had to remove the “like” plugin because it was not working well anymore.

I’m not completely done yet but I hope you like the new look! What do you think? After all you are my readers so your opinion matters a lot to me!

That is all for today! Don’t let the heat get you down and drink something refreshing – maybe a glass or two of Villa Merighi Fiore Rosso!


25 comments on “Perfect Summer Red & Site Update”

  1. Andy Andy Reply

    I don’t drink red wine during spring and summer. These two seasons are for white wine in my opinion.

    I like your new site’s new look but I think it sometimes still loads a bit slow.

    • Julian Rossello Reply

      I’m aware of the occasional slow loading time but right now I can’t do anything about it – It’s my host (Bluehost) that can’t explain why the site loads slowly sometimes. I will probably change host at the end of September.

      I think you should try more summer reds because summer is not just a season for white white 😉

  2. talkavino Reply

    It does sound like a perfect summer red! However, as often happens, it seems to be available only in Germany…

    New site looks good. I would recommend removing the “Vino in Love Meta” from the top left – I think it should be showing only when you are developing a new site…

    • Julian Rossello Reply

      Thank you for your suggestion. I think you are right that the Meta should be removed and I now removed it.

      The wine shop where I bought the Fiore Rosso imports it directly from Villa Merighi. I’m sorry that the wine is not available in many countries. Unfortunately many small wineries don’t have importers. But if you come to Germany someday then we should drink some wine that is not available in the States together 🙂

  3. hannah-theis hannah-theis Reply

    Talkavino is right, the wine only seems to be available in Italy and Germany.. It sounds so good! I would love to try it 🙂

    I think the new site looks better than the old one but Andy is right about random slow loading times.

    • Julian Rossello Reply

      Thanks for commenting! It’s such a pity that Villa Merighi doesn’t have more importers..

      Regarding the slow loading times, I can’t do much about them right now because my host can’t even explain them. I’m considering changing host at the end of September. My hosting contract is running out and I’m not sure if I renew with the same company or if I move to a different company.

  4. Sean P. Reply

    The site now looks much better on my iPad. Glad to see that you now have a mobil theme!

    My perfect summer red is actually a Bardolino from Masi (the guys who also make Amarone).
    Fiore Roso sounds like an interesting wine – but not available here..

    • Julian Rossello Reply

      Thank you for your feedback 🙂
      There is nothing wrong about drinking red wine all year long. After all, red wine is the best type of wine anyways 😉

  5. winetalks winetalks Reply

    That sounds like a fanastic wine – thanks for sharing! I’m going back to Italy at the end of September to tour the country and to visit some wineries. If I’m in the area I might stop by Villa Merighi, too!

    The new site looks good. I would recommend to add a log-in box or is it just me and I don’t see it?

    • Julian Rossello Reply

      Fiore Rosso is really a great wine. If you are in Verona then make sure to visit Trabucchi but of course there is nothing wrong with visiting Villa Merighi either 😉

  6. foodwine88 Reply

    Great review!
    This sounds indeed like a perfect summer wine. I’ve never heard about Villa Merighi and wine searcher shows 0! results for them. This sucks..

    Your new site looks really good. I have no issues with it 🙂

  7. Suzanne Reply

    Like the new site, I had to do a double take when I first saw it, thinking it was a link to some other site. It’s easy to read and navigate. One of my good friends is in Rome and she just texted me asking me what she can bring me from Italy, had just read your post so I told her please a bottle of Fiore Rosso, hope she can find it. Sounds really nice, I do tend to drink rose and whites in the summer but would love to give this a try. I love a good Rosato too!

    • Julian Rossello Reply

      Thanks for your comment 🙂
      Glad to hear that you like the new site!
      Let me know how you like the Fiore Rosso if your friend was able to find the wine in Rome and brought you a bottle of it.

  8. Marco van Puff Reply

    That’s a good-looking new site. Good work, Julian! I can’t think of anything that you should add to it right now.

    Regarding the Fiore Rosso I have to say that it’s weird that its available in only a few countries (mainly Germany and Italy)..

    • Julian Rossello Reply

      In my opinion it’s normal that small wineries don’t export to many countries because they often lack importers and the logistics.

  9. wineking3 wineking3 Reply

    Lovely description of the wine. The nose literally screams summer wine!
    Shared on Twitter!

    Btw your new site looks WAY better than your old one. Way to go!

  10. drinkforlife Reply

    New site looks good.
    Wine is not available anywhere besides Germany. Huge disappointment but you are not to blame for it.

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  12. Sigi Reply

    Hey there
    I’m from Wolfratshausen (just outside of Munich). Could you tell me where you bought the wine? It sounds fantastic and I’ve been looking for a good summer red wine for quite some time now.

    Danke schon mal!

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