Hope you’re enjoying the warm summer weather. We spent a little time in class talking about why we chill wines; what does that really do to wine?

Our students learned that by chilling wine you can slow down the release of volatile aromatic compounds in the liquid. Because some wines (mostly whites) have very delicate aromas, the chilling helps to maintain those aromas while you drink, thus increasing your enjoyment of the wine. Not bad on a hot summer day either!

Here are 5 super summer sippers that students tried and rated in class:

Principessa Gavia 2012 Gavi, DOCG Gavi, Piedmont, Italy, 12.0% alcohol, approximately $14

(Gavi is a location in Italy; Cortese is the grape that they use to make it.)

Sight: Almost clear, light yellow

Scent: Citrus fruits, with hints of pineapple and green apple

Sip: Crisp with gentle acidity and a dry, balanced aftertaste

Savor with: Hor d’oeuvres and seafood

Students say: B+

Legado del Conde 2010 Albariño, Rías Baixas, Spain, 12.0% alcohol, approx. $15

Sight: Yellow with gold glints

Scent: Fruity, lemon, tropical along with mineral and spice notes

Sip: Full-bodied and dry, with a soft, floral style

Savor with: Grilled vegetables and chicken, Asian food

Critics say: 87 pts., Wine Advocate

Students say: B

Goats do Roam Rosé, South Africa, 14% alcohol, approx. $8

(A blend of Syrah, Cinsaut, Mouvedré, Grenache, Carignan, and Petite Sirah)

Sight: Bright pink

Scent: Cherry and strawberry with mineral notes

Sip: Very slightly sweet and fruit-driven, finish is intense yet refreshing

Savor with: Perfect summer wine for almost any foods other than extremely rich meats

FSW Students say: B+

Carol Shelton 2009 Coquille Blanc, Paso Robles, California, 13.8% alcohol, approx. $16

Sight: Deep yellow

Scent: Exotic nose of spice, pears and white peaches, almonds and a touch of honeysuckle

Sip: Crisply dry, yet creamy, round and full-bodied (Students agreed… a great alternative to Chardonnay)

Savor with: Grilled chicken, lobster, creamy pastas

FSW Students say: A-

Engine Room Sparkling Shiraz, McLaren Vale, Australia, 14.0% alcohol, approx. $16

Sight: Dark purple with pink foam

Scent: Dark red and black fruits, chocolate

Sip: Slightly off-dry, soft but vibrant middle palate, long finish

Savor with: Grilled pork, teriyaki-marinated beef, (in a nod to another season,) Thanksgiving dinner

FSW Students say: B+