It seems with the turn in the weather, a lot of people are up in arms about what they “should” be drinking. Lately, a lot of my customers have been asking about summer time wine etiquette, and I'm a firm believer in just drinking what you like. Rules are made to be broken. However, I can understand that as the weather heats up, the thought of drinking a full bodied, super Tuscan may be just as unbearable as the L train in July (or for that matter, August as well).

If you like that big robust red, then for heaven's sake don't be afraid to pull it out, even if it is August. However, if you want a couple of pointers on what to look for in a good summer red, I've taken the liberty to list a few basics you can take with you to your local wine shop.