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Mark Oldman's 8 Summer Sips for $16 or Less

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Those baby blues want you to drink up some white, pink, and red.

To toast the long weekend, we asked wine expert/juice jester Mark Oldman to indulge us with five affordable swigs. He came back with eight. Such a giver.

Marqués de Gelida Cave Brut Exclusive Reserva 2007
“Every Memorial Day holiday should commence with a festive sparkler, and this dry, creamy, biscuity bubbly is as charming as its stylish yellow bottle.”

Available at unionsquarewines.com, $14.

Stoneleigh Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2010
“In my latest book, I write that New Zealand ‘Savvies’ have a ‘crackly Kiwi factor.’ This version is no exception: Its bright, lithe taste is a veritable lime squeeze in a glass.”

Available at sherry-lehmann.com, $13.

Yalumba “Y Series” Viognier 2011
“Yearning for a less oaky alternative to chardonnay? Viognier delivers with a tropical, apricotlike perfume and a lush, spicy finish.”

Available at brooklyncellars.com, $14.

A to Z Wineworks Rosé 2011
“This pink potion shouts summer, with its light body, refreshing taste, and lip-smacking notes of strawberries and lemons.”

Available at garnetwine.com, $12.

Bedell Rosé Taste North Fork of Long Island 2011
“Drink pink and local with this raspberry- and peach-inflected blusher, a winner for its ample aromatics and Barbara Kruger-designed Marilyn Monroe label.”

Available at boweryandvine.com, $15.

Pico Maccario Barbera d’Asti 2009
“A floral, blackberry-infused, medium-bodied red is tailor-made for lollygagging on the hammock.”

Available at discoverywines.com, $16.

Bogle Merlot 2009
“Prove the merlot maligners wrong by serving this medium-weight, blackberry affair that finishes with hints of citrus and herbs.”

Available at astorwines.com, $10.

Ravenswood Vintners Blend Old Vine 2010
“A medium-to-full bodied, cherry-and-spice-scented red is what every self-respecting, apron-clad grill guardian needs this weekend.”

Available at sherry-lehmann.com, $10.

Give one (or all) of them a swirl.

Oldman’s latest book, Oldman’s Brave New World of Wine, is available at amazon.com, $13. For more information, go to markoldman.com.

Photo: Amy Fletcher / Courtesy of Mark Oldman