Do you prefer the crisp, bright notes of white wine over a bold red? White wine is not any less sophisticated than red, and in many ways, it’s a much more versatile drink that pairs well with everything from roasted chicken to sweet desserts.
Let’s explore the different types of white wine so you can find the best bottle for your next gathering or gift.
Types of White Wine
There are dozens of different types of white wine depending on the grapes used, growing climate, soil, and farming methods. However, we are going to focus on five of the most popular varieties of white wine.
Sauvignon Blanc is a white that is known for its light, refreshing, and citrus flavors. The high-acid and tropical flavors (which ultimately depend on the climate the grapes are grown in) pair well with white meat, such as roasted chicken, or seafood dishes, like fish.
If you want a medium to full-bodied white, Chardonnay should be your go-to. This wine is known for its versatile flavors from the mineral-driven Chablis to the fruitier New World styles than can have tropical notes of pineapple. It is a great complement to chicken, turkey, and shellfish. An oaky Chardonnay also pairs well with smoked fish or meats.
Riesling is another versatile high-acid wine that comes in Dry, Off-Dry, and Suss (aka very sweet) styles. The sweetness goes well with Asian-inspired dishes to counterbalance any spice. However, it can also be a great dessert wine and complement the flavors in classic dishes like apple crumble and vanilla ice cream.
Pinot Grigio (aka Pinot Gris) is a light-bodied white that has more floral aromas than fruity. It’s a wildly popular Italian wine that comes in both dry varieties and acidic, fruity notes depending on the region in which the grapes are grown. It’s best enjoyed with pasta dishes, seafood, or any vegetables that are lightly roasted and simply seasoned.
Chenin is a ‘versatile varietal’. It can be created in both still and sparkling styles that range from lean to sweet. Although it has a nice home in the Loire Valley, Chenin Blanc really shines in South Africa. Its fruity flavors and level of sweetness create a good base for other wines and it is often blended with other wines to make a more full-bodied drink. It pairs well with sweet and sour foods, straightforward dishes like roast pork, or even a bread and butter pudding for dessert.
Vino Di Vino: White Wine to Your Door
Want to pair a glass of white wine with tonight’s dinner? If you’re in the Boston area Vino Di Vino can deliver a bottle (or more) to your front door! We have a vast selection of whites perfect for any budget or preference, including these five varieties and more.
Browse our available wines today or contact our team to learn more about our products and services.Want to try a different pairing? We also offer spirits, beer, and cider for in-store pickup or delivery.