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    People Are Talking About "Glou-Glou" Wines — But What Are They, Exactly?

    If you love red wine, you'll want to know about this.

    If you really love wine, perhaps you've already come across the phrase "glou-glou." But if you haven't ever heard it, it's a term you'll want to learn. 🍷


    Like most wine terms, "glou glou" is French. It means "glug glug," as in the sound of someone slurping down a delicious beverage.


    So essentially glou-glou wines are easy-drinking, almost "chuggable" bottles. They're bright and light, acidic and juicy, and bursting with flavor. Think: the kind of wine you'd want to drink by the pool or on a sunny afternoon.


    You won't find any "glou glou" indicator on the bottle, which means the distinction is in the hands of the drinker! That being said, these wines often refer to chillable reds — refreshing red wines that taste best served cool, rather than at room temp.


    They also often include natural wines. Because they're made with minimal intervention and no additives, they're often a bit funkier than your average Cabernet Sauvignon.

    Unlike some big, structured red wines that taste best with a meal, glou glou wines are the kind of wines you can easily drink on their own. For that same reason, they also tend to be lower in alcohol (even 10-12% ABV).


    Another way to think about them? They're basically red wines for white wine drinkers.

    These wines aren't meant to be aged in a cellar. Rather, they should be consumed right away, more or less within the year you buy them.


    As such, they tend to be super affordable (great news for us!), and you can find some really delicious glou-glou wines in the $20 range.

    Interested in trying some glou-glou wines for yourself? Here are some regions you might want to consider. You can also always ask your favorite wine shop for their recommendations.

    If you like fruity wines, look to Northern California for light-bodied reds that are bursting with flavors of strawberries and cherries.

    A bottle of Ruth Lewandowski Feints rosé.
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    Like Ruth Lewandowski "Feints" ($27) a super fruity rosé made from a blend of red and white grapes from Mendocino County, California; or anything by Florez Wines, like "Lovebirds," ($25) a mix of Grenache Blanc and Grenache Noir from Dunnigan Hills.

    Or if you like easy-drinking wines that aren't too overly fruity, try a dark rosé or light red from Italy.

    A bottle of Lammidia Miscela rosé wine.
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    Like Lammidia "Miscela" rosato ($24), a flavor blast of red and white grapes from Abruzzo; or Foradori "Lezer" Vigneti delle Dolomiti ($24) a Pinot Noir from northern Italy.

    If you like wines with a bit of tartness, try a light-bodied blend from Languedoc, France.

    A bottle of Les Vignes d'Olivier "Deferlante Red."
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    Rimbert "Cousin Oscar" 2019 ($16) is a thirst-quenching red made from Cinsault grapes; and Les Vignes d'Olivier "Deferlante Red" ($16) is made from a very interesting blend of half a dozen red grapes.

    Finally, if you want a super juicy red wine with some funk, look towards South Australia.

    A bottle of Yetti and the Kokonut "Hipster Juice."
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    You can't go wrong with Yetti and the Kokonut "Hipster Juice" ($34) an unusual blend of grapes like Doradillo, Zinfandel, and Red Semillion or Jauma "Like Raindrops" Grenache ($32) from McLaren Vale.