May 22 2014 04:30 PM

Taste the flavor in your white wines with the right temperature

Photo by Jen Van Tieghem

One rule I learned early on about wine, but fought hard against, was the correct temperature at which to serve white varietals. I preferred my whites chilled to an icy degree, but, alas, my first wine instructor scolded me for this time and again. 

His admonishment came with good reason; while it can be refreshing, an over-chilled glass of wine (or anything, for that matter) mutes the flavors. And there's no better case for this rule than a great Sauvignon Blanc, with its delicately layered and nuanced flavor profile.

A big fan of this grape, I gave up my frigid ways and now let whites warm up several degrees from fridge temperature before drinking. I struggle when our fair San Diego weather reaches into triple digits like earlier this month, but my evolution in wine drinking has paid off. 

Bianchi's 2012 Signature Series Sauvignon Blanc, made with grapes from Monterey, is a shining example of the array of flavors one could miss by drinking too frosty a glass. The Paso Robles winery calls this one "a true Sauvignon Blanc drinker's Sauvignon" and I have to agree. The herbaceous grass up front is perfect for fans of crisp tang, but it mellows into smooth tropical-fruit essences. Faint notes of everything from banana to guava to melon are present throughout the lengthy finish. 

While there are a multitude of tastes, each is very light and none too overpowering. If the wine were too cold, it would be easy to miss all these characteristics and thus miss what makes this a truly delicious wine. I'd recommend it all on its own for the complex makeup or with a delicate fish to match its subtleties. 

Bianchi's long been a favorite brand, and with its use of Monterey grapes, it's blended its way into my heart yet again. Plus, this can be ordered up for only $16 per bottle online—reasonable for this caliber of wine. Just make sure you don't ice it down too much, no matter how hot this summer gets. 

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