Here you will be introduced to the most common and prized white varieties.
Chardonnay is one of the most well know white wines. In addition to a normal white it can also be made as a sparkling wine. It is excellently paired up with fish and light white meats. The wine originated in the Burgundy region of France and grows from Africa to Europe. It is also found in the United States, Australia, Italy, Moldavia and Chile. It is a strong vine and grows well in many different climates. Its taste profile is typically described as more full bodied than other dry white wines. It is sometimes matured in French Oak barrels. The taste varies from berry to fruity profiles.
Sauvignon Blanc is one of the most popular white wines. It is paired up well with seafood, poultry dishes and is light enough to enjoy with salad meals too. This vine originated in the Bordeaux region of France and is also popular in South Africa, New Zealand, and Australia. It is sometimes mixed with Semillon. The typical taste profile of this wine is fresh, often reminiscent of bell peppers. with clean and crisp notes. The taste varies depending on the region but may include fruits, certain berries such as gooseberries and has a robust acid aftertaste.
Riesling is suited to light fish dishes as its crispness enhances the meal, but the acidity allows it to also go with heavily spiced or smoked seafood’s dishes without drowning the taste of the food. Riesling is a German vine and found in the Rhine, as well as across Europe and in the United States. These wines have been described as far lighter in body than Chardonnay, with aromas of fresh fruits like apples. The taste profile differs greatly depending of where it is produced, with some winemakers creating a somewhat sweet wine out of it.