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Beat the Heat with Pinot Grigio

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About now, as we usually segue into the cooler weather, I'm moving toward transition wines (soft reds or bigger whites). It seems summer is reluctant to loosen its unseasonably hot grip, though, so I'm instead sticking with light and refreshing wines—pinot grigio fits that to a T. Native to Italy, grigio is typically leaner and livelier than its French counterpart, pinot gris. Here are three to help you beat the persistent heat:

2015 Argento Pinot Grigio, $10.99

Pinot Grigio doesn't have to be Italian, as this Argentine entry proves. With its unctuous floral peach aromas and flavors, this leans a bit more toward the pinot gris style. The flavors are a mix of peach with green apple, spiced lemon and a touch of mineral. A racy backbone of food-friendly acidity keeps things in balance.

2015 Silterra Pinot Grigio, $9.99

A second label for Tenuta Sant'Anna, this wine is made with estate grapes sourced from younger vines. There's a delicate sweetness to the floral aromas, something like pear strudel. It's light and vivacious on the palate with a bright core of mostly lemon and lime, with grapefruit coming through on the long finish.

2016 Torre di Luna Pinot Grigio, $12.99

Founded in 1905, this winery was the first in Italy's Trentino Alto Adige to estate bottle their wines. The richly perfumed nose offers spiced apple and honeyed pear, backed by a hit of citrus zest. At its core, the flavors are round and ripe, filled with silky melon and pear, complemented by crisp, lightly bitter citrus. Cleansing acidity marks the refreshing finish.

—David Kirkpatrick

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