Dave’s Pick: 2016 Post Flirtation Red, $16.99

While I’m drinking mostly rosés and whites during the summer, sometimes you just have to have a red wine. A juicy burger or a flat iron steak fresh off the Barbie—gotta have red, but a big Cab, Zin or Syrah is out of the question. For a summer red, you need something fresh and fruit forward, low in alcohol and with the light tannins that allow it to be served with a chill. This Post Flirtation Red fits all three criteria. Crafted by talented California natural winemaker Martha Stoumen, it’s a lively blend of 65 percent Carignan and 35 Zinfandel. The intense aromas spotlight creamy berry and spicy cherry fruit. The flavors are silky smooth offering sweet rhubarb and raspberry, with very soft tannins that add a little grip to the finish. At a modest 11.3 percent alcohol, this is a quaffable choice for your summer barbecue.