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The best end-of-summer drinks

As summer officially goes to sunset, help arrives.

Try the 2014 Franciscan Estate Equilibrium ($23), a peachy, white blend that's mostly Sauvignon Blanc. And look for the 2014 Decoy Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc ($20), a citrusy, appley, white. Both are right with spicy fare and seafood.

Two light, dry reds from Piedmont have an added benefit: they're low-histamine, ready to battle allergy season and red-wine headaches. The 2013 Veglio Barbera d'Alba and 2013 Veglio Dolcetto d'Alba (each $14-$16) are versatile and good.

There's a revival in beer in cans, so meet the heat with a cold one. Crisp Narragansett Lager is about $8 for a six-pack, $25 for a 30-pack at Superstar Beverage in Huntington. Brooklyn Summer Ale, refreshing and citrusy: about $16 for a 12-pack.

To assist with cans and bottles -- Magic Opener ($19.99), a practical device that handles pull-tab cans, bottles, screw caps, glass and plastic, with grip-and-grab ease. Available at

To chill a wine and keep it so -- Kim Crawford Wine Gems by ANNA New York ($76 for six). The RabLabs accessory is made of fluorite. Refrigerate and use instead of ice. The beverage isn't diluted. Of course, be careful when sipping. Available at

And for impatient wine lovers -- Aervana Wine Aerator ($99.98), a battery-driven, push-button item to let wine breathe quickly, and provide a good pour. Many wines improve after they've been exposed to air. You can skip the decanter. Available at


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