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Summer is tough for wine—bottles and glasses don't work well with beaches or pools. Here are some great wine accessories that make the summer much more wine-friendly.

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F&W’s Megan Krigbaum on the five wine pairings that define her summer and the best bottles to keep on hand for each.


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Wine Talk

Peter Eastlake, who curates the wine tent at the Outside Lands music festival, loves tracking down great values. Here, his picks for everyday drinking and summer entertaining.

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Cheap Wine Challenge

One Boston sommelier shares her passion for the wines of southwest France.

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Courtesy of Franciscan Estate Napa Valley

Courtesy of Franciscan Estate Napa Valley

Ah, Sauvignon Blanc. It’s zesty, it’s crisp, it’s loaded with citrusy zing, it whets the appetite and it tastes great served cold on a hot day. And, once in a while, it smells like a green pepper exploded in your glass. More on why Sauvignon Blancs sometimes have a cat-pee aroma and great bottles of it under $20. »

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Image courtesy of Rustico.

Courtesy of Rustico.

Ray's top three sparkling wines under $20. Also, how to avoid fast-flying corks and unintentional champagne showers. »

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Sauvignon Blanc Flavor Scale

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Sauvignon Blanc, possibly more than most wine grapes, reflects where it is grown: Warm-climate wines will have notes of melon and ripe citrus, cooler-climate ones will be more herbal and green-peppery. Some people prefer one end of the spectrum, some the other—and knowing the wine’s origin will help you find a bottle you like. Here, a visual guide to the range of aromas and flavors.

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