Being a red-wine lover can be hard during the summer, but you don't have to be stuck sipping your room-temperature standby.

Being a red-wine lover can be hard during the summer, but you don't have to be stuck sipping your room-temperature standby.

Craig Decker, who defies conventional wine wisdom at his The Wine Guy wine shops and restaurants, shares three refreshing ways to enjoy a glass.

His favorite is an Argentinean recipe: Mix equal parts malbec and cola over ice.

Another option is chilling a bottle, particularly pinot noir - put it in the fridge for 15 minutes, or serve it in an ice bucket.

Or, try Rosa di Rosa, an Italian frizzante that's best refrigerated anyway.

Decker guarantees these will hit the spot.

Serve chilled

Kings Ridge Pinot Noir (2008)

Raspberry and currant flavors. "[Chilling] will actually thicken it up a bit, make it feel like it's heavier," Decker said.

Region: Oregon

Cost: $19

Pair it with: Pork, fish or pasta

Serve with Coke/Pepsi

Kaiken Ultra M albec (2007)

Jammy-tasting, with plum and black cherry notes that pair well with cola. "It's a fantastic summer drink," Decker said. "We actually do it here quite often, all of us."

Region: Argentina

Cost: $24

Pair it with: Anything grilled, including hot dogs and hamburgers

Serve refrigerated

Casali Rosa di Rosa

A sweet, lively sparkling from the black Malvasia grape. "You could just pour that whole thing over ice into a 32-ounce tumbler and go slurp," Decker said.

Region: Italy

Cost: $15

Pair it with: Bittersweet chocolate