White wine is a great addition to any meal or social event. But how do you know which one to choose? No need to feel overwhelmed! In this blog, you’ll find the basics you should know about different white wines.
Chardonnay is one of the most popular white wines. It can be fermented from grapes grown all over the world, and is a versatile wine that pairs well with many flavors. Chardonnay is aged in oak barrels, which gives it slight hints of vanilla, coconut and coffee. However, its most prominent flavors are citrus, apples, grapefruit, pineapple and even papaya. Chardonnay is a great wine to use while cooking, and should be sipped while feasting on chicken or fish.
Pinot Blanc is very similar to Chardonnay, being its lighter cousin with the same notes of citrus and herbs. This wine is fermented in steel containers, the purpose of the process is to hold onto the natural sugar in the grapes. This makes sure it doesn’t result in an overly acidic wine. When choosing this wine to complement your meal, keep in mind that it is great match for seafood, cheese, creamy pasta and quiche.
Sauvignon Blanc is a wine that can offer different flavors depending on the ripeness of the grape from which it is fermented. All over the world, different countries choose to highlight certain flavors found in the Sauvignon Blanc: in New Zealand, it is citrusy and fruity; in California, it is peachy and tropical; in Sancerre, it is earthy and herbaceous. It even has hints of bell peppers and grass, oddly enough. This wine is an aperitif, which means it is a pre-meal alcohol that stimulates the appetite. It is a wonderful drink to enjoy while dining on seafood and poultry, as well as salads, sushi – a rare feat – and cheese.
Pinot Grigio is another very popular white wine. It’s a light wine that won’t overpower the seasonings in your meal, but has a little more depth than the Sauvignon Blanc. When drinking this wine, you’ll taste notes of pear and other earthy flavors. Pinot Grigio is best served with seafood, Thai and Chinese food – especially as an aid to cool down spicy dishes – and meals featuring turkey. If you can’t find Pinot Grigio on the menu, don’t worry: it’s sometimes called Pinot Gris depending on where you live or are ordering.
Moscato is a refreshingly sweet wine, ideal for warm weather days. This wine has a distinctly strong aroma, making it very recognizable by smell. When drinking, expect to taste orange blossom, honeysuckle, almonds, ginger citrus flavors. Drink this flowery wine with berries, fruit tarts, biscotti, and while grazing on appetizers or desserts.
Riesling is a wine claimed to be best produced by Washington, New York, and even Australia. No matter where you drink it, you’ll find apricot, peach and honeysuckle to be the main highlights. It is crisp and delicately acidic, making it a match for tuna and salmon. If you’re looking for a fresh, earthy flavor, Riesling is your wine. Don’t fret if you discover an old bottle of this wine hidden back in your cabinets; Riesling ages well and will keep for an extended amount of time. Pair this wine with seafood, chicken, pork, Asian dishes and other spicy food.
Marsanne is a full-bodied, barely acidic wine that has almond, melon, peach and pear aromas. It’s typically blended with Roussanne grapes and grown in France to give it a deeper flavor. Marsanne can even have a slightly spicy tang, making it a uniquely zesty wine. Drink this wine with lunches or dinners of shellfish and other seafood.
Semillon is known for its grassy aroma. Though it is a dry wine, it ages well and will develop layers of spices and herbs, as well as a syrupy consistency. You’ll also be able to taste fig, melon, honey and nuts when sipping Semillon. Shellfish, fish and chips, goat cheese, and sashimi (sushi) are dishes that would taste even better with the addition of a glass of Semillon.
Gewurztraminer has a very distinct floral scent and a spicy taste. Depending on where it is fermented, it can be a dry or sweet wine, so don’t be surprised if no Gewurztraminer tastes the same! In the United States, it is a crisp wine that features a grapefruit flavor with notes of rose petals and peaches. What meal tastes wonderful with Gewurztraminer? Asian dishes, pork and hot, spicy food.
Prosecco is a sparkling wine that hails from Italy. Sparkling wines are just like regular wines; the only difference is the fermentation process. They are fermented twice, giving the alcohol a bubbly, carbonated characteristic. Sugar may also be added during the second fermentation, making it even sweeter than most other wines.
Prosecco is made from Glera grapes, which are used to make a light sparkling wine called frizzante, or fully sparkling wine called spumante. It features flavors of apple, pear, and citrus and is considered a sweeter sparkling wine than the beloved Champagne. If you are planning to take a bottle of Prosecco to the next dinner party you attend, remember: the intensity of the fruity flavors increases with the quality (and price) of this wine. It is great in combination with rich desserts like cake, as well as spicy Asian dishes, seafood and cheese.
Champagne is the infamous sparkling wine of parties and celebrations. It is not normally consumed with food, instead being a spectacular addition to social events. Thanks to its second fermentation, Champagne is fizzy and bubbly while also being delicately sweet. It doesn’t need food to complement its flavor, as it is smooth enough to enjoy on its own.
Now it’s your turn to give these wines a taste for yourself. Explore your options and find your new favorite white wine. BLEND has a top selection of quality white wine options in our cellar. We also regularly host flight nights with different select wines. Visit us on Facebook to find our more.
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