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7 Types of White Wine

7 Types of White Wine
  May 15, 2024

7 Types of White Wine

The world of wine can seem intimidating, especially when faced with seemingly endless rows of bottles. But fear not, intrepid sipper! This guide will crack open the exciting world of white wine by focusing on 7 popular grape varieties that offer a range of styles and flavors to tantalize your taste buds.

Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris

Livio Felluga Pinot Grigio – 750ML

This widely popular white wine comes from Italy (Pinot Grigio) or France (Alsace - Pinot Gris). It's known for its light body, crisp acidity, and refreshing flavors of pear, citrus, and sometimes stone fruits.  Pinot Grigio's versatility makes it a crowd-pleaser, pairing well with light appetizers, salads, seafood, and even some pasta dishes.

Sauvignon Blanc

Brancott Sauvignon Blanc 750ML

A global favorite, Sauvignon Blanc boasts a refreshing and invigorating personality. Classic examples from the Loire Valley in France showcase grassy, herbal aromas and flavors of citrus, gooseberry, and sometimes tropical fruits depending on the region.  This crisp white wine is another versatile option, perfect with all things seafood, salads, and even tangy goat cheese.

Riesling

Willm Alsace Riesling – 750ML

German Riesling holds a special place in the white wine world, offering a spectrum of styles from bone-dry to lusciously sweet. Generally characterized by floral and mineral notes with high acidity, Riesling's flavors range from citrus to stone fruits.  This allows you to enjoy Riesling on its own or pair it with a surprising variety of dishes, including spicy food and rich cheeses.

Chardonnay

The most popular white wine globally, Chardonnay offers a fascinating journey depending on its origin and winemaking techniques. Unoaked Chardonnay tends to be lighter-bodied with flavors of citrus and apple, while Chardonnay aged in oak barrels develops richer characteristics like vanilla, butter, and toast. This versatility extends to food pairings, as Chardonnay can complement creamy pastas, grilled chicken, and even some lighter fish dishes.

Viognier

Conundrum White, 750 ML

Hailing from the Rhône Valley in France, Viognier is known for its full-bodied character and captivating floral aromas of honeysuckle, apricot, and peach. Viognier's richness makes it a great choice for pairing with richer foods like roasted chicken, pork, and creamy sauces.

Grüner Veltliner

Grüner Veltliner is Austria's signature white grape variety. It offers a medium body with refreshing acidity and flavors of white pepper, citrus, and sometimes mineral notes. This food-friendly white wine pairs beautifully with shellfish, salads, and lighter fare.

Gewürztraminer

Gewürztraminer is a distinctive white wine known for its pronounced floral aromas of rose and lychee. It originates from Alsace in France and can range from dry to off-dry styles.  This wine's unique profile makes it a great match for spicy food, aromatic Asian cuisine, and even foie gras.

So, uncork a bottle, raise a glass, and embark on a delightful journey through the world of white wines. With its diverse range of styles and flavors, there's a perfect white wine waiting to be discovered by every palate. Just remember to drink responsibly and savor the experience!