White Wine Types: the A to Z of White Wine Options
Most wine connoisseurs will tell you that they began with lighter, white wines before they “matured” and moved on to the red wines. Many, however, still enjoy a light white wine from time to time, depending on the occasion. There are many white wine types to choose from, so let’s go over them!
First, you have chardonnay. Chardonnay is a sometimes-sparkling wine that is made from grapes of the Burgundy region of France. Of all the dry white wine types, chardonnay is the most voluptuous and velvety. Chardonnay goes great with fish and chicken and will often have rich fruit and buttery flavors.
Next you have sauvignon blanc. As with many white wine types, sauvignon blanc originated in France, particularly the Bordeaux region. Sauvignon blanc typically features a very herbal character with sour green and tropical fruit flavors, often with a very smoky qualities. It goes great with salads, seafood, and poultry.
Then there is Semillon. Like sauvignon blanc, Semillon originated in the Bordeaux region and it is often blended with sauvignon blanc. Semillon features a very strong fig-like fig-like character, and it is for this reason that it is often blended with sauvignon blanc, to tone it down a bit. Semillon goes great with seafood and pasta salads.
Next up is muscat, one of the white wine types that is best enjoyed on its own. In other words, you don’t need a meal to get the most enjoyment out of this Italian and Austrian-born white. Muscat is usually sweet and fruity, with a musky aroma that evokes that brings grapefruit to mind.
Then you have the ever-popular pinot grigio. Pinto grigio is a pinot gris variety originating from Italy. This versatile white goes with just about anything really, which is part of the reason for its popularity. Pinot grigio tends to be very crisp, often with a strong acidic bite.
Riesling is one of the white wine types that most wine connoisseurs enjoy with pork, fish, and chicken. This white originated in Germany and tends to be very light, with an aroma of fresh apples. There is a lot of variation in the Rieslings, depending on where they were grown.