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Summer wine time: Rosé, whites and reds to drink now

It's wine time.

When the weather becomes unbearably hot and the city streets are sticky with people, there's only one sensible thing to do: grab a bottle and start drinking.

Some love beer and others icy cocktails when it's hot, but wine in the summer is great because it's thirst-quenching and easy to drink. Here are some bottles you need to get now, hand-picked by two of the city's best wine aficionados: Jean-Luc Le Dû, former sommelier at Daniel and owner of Le Dû's Wines, and Matt Wong, general manager at Sherry-Lehmann.

Quinta da Raza Dom Diogo Arinto Vinho Verde 2015

This Portuguese wine is
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This Portuguese wine is "excellent for anytime refreshment," said Le Dû.

This white is "full of succulent peach and melon," he said, and has "just a hint of effervescence." Available at Le Dû's Wines, $14.99

Olivier Leflaive Bourgogne Blanc 'Oncle Vincent' 2013

White Burgundy wines are having a moment.
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White Burgundy wines are having a moment. "This specific Burgundy is so rich in flavor and acidity, it is completely satisfying to the pallet," said Wong. "It embodies hints of fresh florals and citrus aromas."

He suggests pairing it with grilled chicken, summer salads and any seafood. Available at Sherry-Lehmann, $22.95

Groth Sauvignon Blanc 2014

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"Sauvignon Blanc is one of those grapes that tastes vastly different depending on where it was grown," Wong said. "The nose is all about apple, honeydew melon and a slight spiciness (white pepper). On the palate it is medium in body and dry with good concentration of flavors of baked apple, followed by melon, citrus and a long pleasant finish."

Wong recommends this wine with appetizers or on its own. Available at Sherry-Lehmann Wines, $21.95

Clos Alivu Patrimonio Rosé 2015

This wine from the island of Corsica, part
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This wine from the island of Corsica, part of France, has "juicy red cherry and Mediterranean floral notes," said Le Dû.

The "elegant" rosé, he said, "has a crisp, lively texture and is made from 100% Niellucciu, a local clone of Italy's Sangiovese grape." Available at Le Dû's Wines, $22.99

Domaine Fontsainte Gris de Gris Rosé 2015

This rosé is
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This rosé is "based mostly on the pink-skinned Grenache Gris grape," said Le Dû, giving it "a slightly waxy texture and vivid notes of peach, strawberry and white flowers."

It is "excellent with exotically-seasoned shellfish and white meat dishes," he added. Available at Le Dû's Wines, $14.99

Primorska, Čotar Vitovska 2011

This Slovenian white wine is
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This Slovenian white wine is "subtly-perfumed" and "wraps a core of crisp red pear with layers of jasmine and Earl Grey," says Le Dû.

"White wines from this part of Slovenia are traditionally fermented with skin contact, like red wines, giving the wines added body and texture," he said. Available at Le Dû's Wines, $29.99

Bernard Baudry 'Les Granges' Chinon 2014

Le Dû says this wine is
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Le Dû says this wine is "a true thirst-quencher."

"This light red displays subtle herbal and graphite notes, and luscious red currant fruit," he said, adding that it's "excellent with a slight chill." Available at Le Dû's Wines, $21.99

Chateau Margui Rosé 2015

Matt Wong at Sherry-Lehmann says this
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Matt Wong at Sherry-Lehmann says this "crisp and fresh" rosé is "simply exquisite to enjoy through the hot summer months."

Try pairing it with seafood, he said, or "with a sunset and your favorite person." Available at Sherry-Lehmann Wines, $21.95

Tupungato, Zorzal Pinot Noir, Gran Terroir 2014

This wine from Mendoza, Argentina is
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This wine from Mendoza, Argentina is "silky and stylish" and "elegant yet packed with flavor," said Le Dû.

The flavor, he said, displays "tangy raspberry, red cherry and warm spice notes." Available at Le Dû's Wines, $21.99

The Paring Red (Santa Rita Hills) 2012

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"When drinking a red wine in the summer months, we often look for vibrant acidity and this wine delivers," said Wong. "This Bordeaux blend has a nose that is big and fruity with aromas of baked fruits like plum and black cherry. On the palate it is all about black fruits that give way to black licorice flavor and hints of smoked oak." Available at Sherry-Lehmann Wines, $25.95

Cloudline Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley) 2014

Pinot Noir is one of the world's most
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Pinot Noir is one of the world's most versatile food wines, says Wong of Sherry-Lehmann, making it a great choice for summer cuisine. "This wine has complexity, elegance and beauty in color," he said.

"Because the tannins are low, you can even put a slight chill on this wine for optimal enjoyment," he added. Available at Sherry-Lehmann Wines, $19.99

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