Big, bold wines have their fans. But with the arrival of summer, make room for a bumper crop of lighter, more subtle wines.
"Low-alcohol wines are super hot right now," says wine writer Katherine Cole.
There's Txakoli, or Txakolina, wines from the Basque region of Spain, Rieslings from Germany and New York state, and Vinho Verde from Portugal, to name a few.
These wines typically hover in the 9 percent to 11 percent alcohol range. This compares to about 13 percent to 14 percent in a typical California chardonnay.