Helping someone choose a wine from the hundreds in a shop is always an exercise in careful listening. But The Wine Guy Wine Shop owner Craig Decker's starting point is typically the three main varietals -- pinot gris, chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon. They span a range of palettes, he said.

Helping someone choose a wine from the hundreds in a shop is always an exercise in careful listening. But The Wine Guy Wine Shop owner Craig Decker's starting point is typically the three main varietals -- pinot gris, chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon. They span a range of palettes, he said.

These examples are classic crowd-pleasers among his customers, but Decker stresses that "nothing is a must. You really want to focus in on what you like."

Check out these West-Coast-grown choices, grabbed from the shelves of Decker's newest Wine Guy store in Gahanna. --Brittany Kress

Stone Wolf Vineyard Pinot Gris (2006 J. Lohr Arroyo Seco (2006) Barnard Griffin Cabernet Sauvignon (2006) FLAVORS The light brightness of melons with a soft, dry finish Citrus on the nose, with a buttery finish Soft and smooth berries PAIRS WELL WITH Spicy dishes or seafood meals Chicken, tuna and anything in a heavy cream sauce Lighter red meats like a filet, pork or lamb WHO'LL ENJOY IT A nice choice for pinot grigio or sauvignon blanc drinkers It's an easy step from a viognier Merlot or repaso drinkers CRAIG DECKER'S ADVICE "The hotter the day is, the lighter you want their wine to be." "It's a very rich style of a drink, so it's very elegant." "A great cocktail wine... for easy drinking."