André Arquette

White Wine

Like other wines, white wine is made from the juice of grapes that has been fermented. Unlike red wine however, the white wine is not left in contact with the grape skins. This prevents the color from the skins from staining the liquid, leaving the white wine with its signature clear to golden yellow color. Another result of not being left with the wort is that white wines tend to have lighter, less intense flavors than red wines.

White wines can be made from many varieties of grape, but modern winemakers tend to use only a few dozen varieties for the majority of their production. This is due to a number of factors, including preferred aroma and taste characteristics, how the different vines grow, and climate adaptability.

Chardonnay is one of the most popular types of white wine, originating from Burgundy, France. This wine is full-bodied and rich, with flavors that range from buttery to fruity, depending on the style. Chardonnay is often aged in oak barrels, which adds a vanilla and toast flavor to the wine. This wine pairs well with poultry, seafood, and creamy pasta dishes.

Sauvignon Blanc is a crisp and refreshing white wine, grown primarily in France and New Zealand. It is known for its bright acidity and flavors of citrus, green apple, and grassy notes. Sauvignon Blanc pairs well with seafood, salads, and lighter dishes.

Pinot Grigio or Pinot Gris is a light-bodied, dry white wine that is grown in Italy, France, and the United States. This wine has flavors of citrus, apple, and pear, and a slight mineral taste. Pinot Grigio pairs well with light dishes, such as salads, seafood, and light pasta dishes.

Riesling is a German white wine, known for its sweetness and aromas of flowers and fruits. The sweetness of this wine can vary, depending on the style, ranging from dry to sweet. Riesling pairs well with spicy dishes, pork, and lighter desserts.

Gewurztraminer is a white wine that is grown primarily in France and Germany. It is known for its floral and fruity aromas, with flavors of lychee, rose, and spices. This wine is often sweet and pairs well with spicy dishes, strong cheeses, and rich desserts.

Moscato is a sweet, fizzy white wine that is popular among wine drinkers who prefer sweeter beverages. It is grown primarily in Italy, and has flavors of peach, apricot, and honey. Moscato pairs well with fruit, cheese, and light desserts.

With the diverse and complex range of flavors and styles available in white wines, it is not surprising that most everyone can find one that suits their tastes. Whether you prefer full-bodied, rich wines or lighter, refreshing ones, there is almost certainly a white wine out there for you. By exploring the different types of white wine and experimenting with different pairings, you can discover the perfect wine for your palate and occasion.