Category Archives: Pinot Grigio

Interesting Wine Facts: Fact #2 – Serve White Wines Cold

Well being last week’s Interesting Wine Facts was about the serving temperature of red wines I figured it would only be fair to do the same for white wines.

Most people already know that white wines are served chilled but most, like me, don’t know what that temperature actually is supposed to be. White wines should be served between 48-53 degrees F. This is usually the standard temperature that you’ll find in your refrigerator.

It’s also good to note that even though white wines are supposed to be served cold make sure you don’t serve them too cold. That can affect the flavors of the wine too.

Another good tip for white wines is to take them out of the refrigerator 10 to 15 minutes before you’re going to drink them.

If you’re serving a champagne, sparkling wine, or Prosecco it should be served between 40 to 45 degrees F. In order to get it to this temperature you may have to place it in an ice bucket filled with ice or put it in the freezer for 5 to 10 minutes before serving to get it to that temperature. Of course, you should have had it in the refrigerator before that but the standard temperature in your fridge is not going to be cold enough to get your bubbly to the right temperature thus the use of the ice bucket or freezer stated above.

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Candoni Pinot Grigio 2009 – Northeastern Italy

I am not going to pretend to even know the slightest thing about picking wines to match specific foods. Currently I go with an innate knowledge and trust that it’s going to guide me to the right wine/food pairing. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. This time however it worked wonderfully well if I do say so myself.

This Pinot Grigio from the Veneto region of Italy was the perfect pairing for the recipes I choose for Christmas dinner. Last week my good friend, Camille, of ‘Camille Cooks’ posted a recipe called Chicken with Cornbread Stuffing and Sherry Pan Sauce and she paired it with another recipe called Broccoli-Cauliflower Casserole with Rye Crumb Topping and I was drooling with anticipation to try it. So I printed out the recipe and made my shopping list and headed off to the grocery store with only a vague idea regarding the wine I would serve with it. I was determined to pair it with a white wine which is very rare for me. (Hello, remember me? Red wine girl?)

After gathering all the ingredients need to make my fabulous dinner (I changed the original recipe a smidgen because I am a vegetarian so the chicken was replaced with a vegetarian version of chicken and I dropped the caraway seeds because I’ve never been fond of them. 🙂 ) I set off to the wine section to see if I could find not only a decent white wine to go with it all but I also wanted an organic wine. Yes, I am challenging myself now but that’s what it’s all about right?

You see my other half tends to get a really bad headache from wines and I was set on finding out if it could possibly be due to the sulfites in regular wines. Organic wines have little to no added sulfites. All that are in organic wines are the naturally occurring sulfites. We’ll get back to my other half and my experiment on him in a bit.

So in the wine section I found this bottle of Candoni Pinot Grigio 2009 from Italy. I know that in the past I’ve like Pinot Grigios better than any other white wine so I went with that. I figured for $12.95 what did I have to lose, right?

Well, I was really pleasantly surprised with this wine. I can only describe it as very crisp, clean, and citrusy which is exactly what our meal was asking for. It was a nice light wine that completely complimented our meal but it could absolutely stand on it’s own as well. (I had a glass on it’s own after the meal….you know….to test it…yes, that’s what I was doing….testing whether the wine could stand on its own. 🙂 )

Now the bottle says that the wine is ‘made with organic grapes’ which means that it might not be 100% without added sulfites but it’s pretty close. I was pleasantly surprised that this organic wine could be so good.

As for my other half, he did really well with the wine. He drank two glasses of it, which for him is a lot, and didn’t really get a headache. He started to get a slight headache many hours latter but I am not convinced it was because of the wine due to two things. One, he’s had a slight headache due to a stiff neck and two, it happened so much after the fact that I am not sure there’s a true connection. So I’ll just have to experiment on him again. I’ve already got a biodynamic red wine with his name on it in the good old wine rack so stay tuned for that.

Anyway my overall impression of this wine is that it’s really crisp, clean, and citrusy. It would compliment any meal with chicken, fish, or even a tofu or pasta dish with a lemon-butter sauce. It would also be a nice wine to serve with a cheese platter in my amateur opinion. I will definitely buy this wine again and for now I have to rate it as my favorite white wine. There I’ve said it! I really like this white wine!

Buzz factor: 5, it’s a nice light wine with a bit of a buzz to it but not overwhelmingly so.

Overall impression: A very nice white wine that I would be happy to have share space in my wine rack with my beloved reds.