Put a Little Sparkle in your Summer

"We talk regularly about Champagne and how it can define a moment, or even create one, but the same applies to most any sparkling wine," writes Richard Fadeley. Why not look at the "second stringers" of sparkling wine? "They are not too shabby in their own right." Here's his report.

Egeo Rueda Verdejo

Egeo 2013 Rueda Verdejo ($12.99)

Clear light gold. Aromatic, ripe tropical fruit jumps from the glass, mango, peach and a whiff of pineapple. Luscious fruit carries over on the palate In a rich texture with perhaps just a touch of sweetness to take it off-dry; but crisp, zippy acidity with 13 percent alcohol keeps it in balance for table service. A touch of tart citrus and peach-pit acidity join in the finish.

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Taylor Eason

Rosés to write home about

"Although rosé wines are quite tasty all year round, summer is high season for all things chilled and pink," writes Taylor. "Rosés are custom-made for thirst quenching. It only makes it better that they're affordable too." Taylor's been exploring the California dry rosé scene. Here's her report.