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Five white wines guaranteed to make a splash this summer


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Pinot Bianco

And finally we have my dear neglected Pinot Bianco. I don’t know why, but Pinot Bianco doesn’t get nearly the attention it deserves. Crisp, mineral-laced and rich with ripe fruits, Pinot Bianco is like the Swiss army knife of white wines. It’s multi-purposed and always ready; a trusty friend ready to offer snappy green apples, citrus fruit and a touch of herb at a moments notice. My favorite examples come from the Alto Adige, where hot days and cool nights allow vines deeply rooted in mineral rich soils to express their varietal character in such a transparent way that even some of the least expensive examples can’t help but scream of their terroir. I love Pinot Bianco and am going to make sure that I have a bottle in the fridge for my next sweltering Saturday, and Sunday too!

Two to try:

For the Power: St. Michael Eppan Pinot Bianco Linea Selezione Schulthauser ($24)

And the Elegance: Terlano Pinot Bianco ($17)


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  • What?
    No Vinho Verde???
    How about Cruzeiro? A great Vinho Verde?

    Jun 07, 2013 at 8:45 AM

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    I honestly didn't mind the multitudinous references to white wine and seafood pairings, it is one of summer's many joys. I have been enjoying the focus the last few weeks on whites and fish/seafood cuisine.

    Though I thought of a few possible additions to the summer whites list: Gruner Veltliner, Verdejo, Fiano and for the adventurous Furmint, Harslevelu.

    Jun 07, 2013 at 9:15 PM

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