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by Lisa A. Grimaldi | June 18, 2012

Glass of red wineFor summer events, light, refreshing wines are affordable and plentiful. Patrick Emerson, an advanced sommelier of the Court of Master Sommeliers as well as beverage director for Maverick Southern Kitchens in Charleston, S.C. (mavericksouthernkitchens.com), recommends varietals from France's Rhone Valley. His personal favorites: for whites, Perrin Reserve Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2010, and for reds, Domaine de Chateaumar Cotes du Rhone Cuvee Bastien 2010; each sell for about $10-$12.