The best temperature to serve white wine is between 55 and 60 degrees, but when the outside temperature is above 90, I like mine a little bit colder, maybe even ten degrees colder. For these hot summer evenings, you could not ask for a better "back-porch" sipper than the 2009 Chateau Ste. Michelle Sauvignon Blanc, served cold at about 40 to 45 degrees.
This is a fruit forward wine displaying flavors of melon and citrus, with just enough acidity to round out the taste into a very refreshing summer time wine. The finish is crisp with a balanced after-taste which highlights the citrus flavors. I have been a long time fan of the Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay, which is a value priced favorite of Mary the "Chardonnay Queen". The Sauvignon Blanc does not have the depth and complexity of the Chardonnay, but on a hot summer evening it is a better choice for sitting out on the back porch and enjoying a refreshing glass of wine.
Fresh grapes are plentiful this time of year, so grab a bowl of grapes and some soft white cheese like Brie, or even Gouda, and head for the back porch swing and a relaxing summer repast. We just paired this one up with some black seedless grapes and it was wonderful!