An around-the-world tour of chill-able wines might be just the way to kick off the summer. Can't afford a pricey cruise? Take a trip with these summertime sips direct from overseas vines, suggests Josh Shapiro, owner of Vino 100 in the Short North.

An around-the-world tour of chill-able wines might be just the way to kick off the summer. Can't afford a pricey cruise? Take a trip with these summertime sips direct from overseas vines, suggests Josh Shapiro, owner of Vino 100 in the Short North.

Consider preparing a thematic meal, or just stick with some of their more Americanized pairings. These wines are also prime for enjoying solo, Shapiro said. "All three are great patio pounders," he said. "On a hot day, just sit outside with a cold white or rose."

Chill roses just as you would a white wine. It's an appealing alternative for red-wine diehards who can't stomach the heavy stuff in the summer.


Fire Road Sauvignon Blanc (2008)

Region: New Zealand

Cost: $10

Flavors: Mildly grassy (most from New Zealand are very grassy) and fruit-forward

Pairs well with: Barbecue or fish

Who'll enjoy it: Anyone, but especially chardonnay drinkers

Josh Shapiro's advice: "It's just kind of a nice, well-rounded wine, light acidity, perfect for sitting outside."


Tishbi Estate Riesling (2008)

Region: Israel

Cost: $15

Flavors: Floral on the nose, followed by melon and honeydew; semi-sweet

Pairs well with: Fried chicken, Chinese food or a sweet pizza

Who'll enjoy it: Sweet-wine drinkers and those feeling adventurous

Josh Shapiro's advice: "It's going to have a little bit of sweetness, but not as much sweetness as a German reisling."


Tariquet Rose (non-vintage)

Region: Gascony, France

Cost: $11

Flavors: A mix of merlot, syrah and tannat that's at first raspberry, then spicy and salty

Pairs well with: Tapas, seafood or pizza

Who'll enjoy it: Red-wine drinkers who don't feel like drinking white

Josh Shapiro's advice: "I feel like pizza wines are pretty key for summer."