Summer wines: The best ones to beat the heat

The bright 2013 Oberon Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley

The bright 2013 Oberon Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley will be the ideal company for grilled seafood. (Credit: Oberon Wines via Facebook)

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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 S├ętilles ($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 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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