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When temps outside start toying with 90 degrees, it’s time to forget about all the shiny 90-pointers. The key to summer sipping, winewise, is refreshment. Think light, nimble, crisp, fruity…and cheap enough that you won’t hesitate to uncork (or unscrew or even just turn the knob).

With an eye on post-solstice sipping, Wine For All’s “Wines @ Summer” Walkaround, held at ICE in NYC on June 11, 2010, showcased a selection of quaffable whites, backyard reds, radiant rosé…plus a sweet sparkler. Here is a recap of the wine stations, and some tips on where to find specific bottles and their ilk.

Station #1: Go-To Lightweights
Station #2: Bright Whites, Red Beauties
Station #3: Summer-Lovin’ Reds
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Granted, this list of summery wines could easily be longer. Truth is, if appropriately chilled, well-proportioned and bright with acidity, most unwooded whites and smooth, fruity, modest-alcohol reds will do the summer trick… which is to say they will go with al fresco nibbles like a bikini top and bottom.

Wine For All appreciates the support from producers and agencies that supplied wine for the 2010 “Wines @ Summer” Walkaround, which helped us keep the ticket price less than a bottle of really good Pinot. We’ll be doing more events like this in metro New York. Send Tish an email to receive email alerts!