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Refreshing wines for hot summer stretches

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

It’s August. Refresh yourself.

Try the 2013 Helfrich Pinot Blanc ($13), a lively and versatile Alsatian white with traces of citrus and peach. Consider it a match for fried or roasted chicken, pork, cold cuts, appetizers. If you’d like a more complex white, look for the 2011 Helfrich Pinot Gris Grand Cru ($25), a fragrant, balanced and round wine with a hint of smoke. You’ll enjoy it with shellfish, finfish such as sole and flounder, and simply prepared chicken and pork dishes.

The 2012 Olivier Leflaive Bourgogne Blanc Les Setilles ($25) is a delightful white Burgundy. The chardonnay has fine varietal character and a sense of place from a producer respected for Puligny Montrachet, Chassagne Montrachet and Meursault. This is a flavorful, less-expensive way to get acquainted.

And the bright 2013 Oberon Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley ($18), from an outstanding vintage, will be the ideal company for grilled seafood. You’ll find a suggestion of pineapple, plus citrus, in this vibrant white.

To assist with these wines: the Smart Touch Wine Opener ($25), an easy-to-use, twist-and-pull corkscrew that keeps the cork intact. Foil cutter is included. It’s especially good if you’re at the beach, on a picnic or just traveling. Available at viatekproducts.com.

And, to drink them: Wine Traveler ($15), in effect a sippy cup for vino. This is a 12-ounce, plastic wineglass within a lidded cup that prevents any spilling. It works whether you’re rolling on the beach, bouncing around in the golf cart, or toasting alfresco during a mosquito attack. Available at store.theproductfarm.com

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