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Wine: Summer sparklers

“Who started the lie that sparkling wine is for special occasions only?”

“Who started the lie that sparkling wine is for special occasions only?” asked Andrew Richdale in GQ.com. In the heat of summer, a good sparkler provides cooling relief. These three cost less than $25 and don’t require flutes. Serve them in wineglasses or even Mason jars. Each of them is “a hell of a lot more interesting than another chilled chardonnay.”

2012 Ameztoi Rubentis Txakolina ($21). This bone-dry rosé from Spain’s Basque Country is “made so close to the beach you can taste sea breeze.”

2011 Vigneto Saetti Lambrusco ($16). Italians “guzzle” this summertime staple, a fizzy red that has “the zing of cherries with the funk of truffles.”

2012 Broadbent Vinho Verde ($9). This ultralight Portuguese white “delivers all the zip and quench of a margarita, no mixing required.”

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