Last Month I wrote about the differences in red wines. This month, as promised, I’m writing about the six major white wines and what makes them different. Here we go…

Chardonnay
This wine tends to be velvety, can be buttery in the mouth. Typically the palate is one of rich citrus fruits like grapefruit or lemon. Might not be the best wine for a first time wine drinker, as Chardonnay can have a toasty character to it and can finish a bit heavier. Great wine to pair with fish and chicken.

Sauvignon Blanc
This wine can have a more herbal character; think bell pepper or freshly mowed grass.  Often one tastes apple and pears or tastes of citrus fruits. There may even be a bit of smoky quality. This is often a good wine for the novice wine drinker and can be found very reasonably priced. Pair with seafood, salads, or chicken.

Semillon
White grape from the Bordeaux region of France. This wine tends to have a much stronger flavor, very fig-like in nature. It is often blended with sauvignon blanc to tone down some of the strong berry flavors that can be found in this wine. Definitely not a wine typically for the beginner. Pair with clams, mussels, or pasta salad.

Moscato
Comes from the Moscat family of grapes. This is a very sweet wine. Typically very fruity with a berry or grapefruit taste. Perfect wine for someone who is just dipping their toe into the world of wine. Pairs nicely with sweet deserts.

Pinot Grigio
This grape is found typically in Italy or the west coast. I love the crispness of this wine. It typically has a very fruity aroma and flavor, but can have a bit of an acidity taste. Still a wonderful, light wine. Pairs nicely with spicy Chinese or Thai food. I enjoy it with a pizza heaped with fresh herbs.

Riesling
This grape has rich German history. This is another great light wine with wonderful aromas of apples. It can be citrusy or dry. The flavors can vary based on the district and winemaking technique. Great wine also if serving to a beginner. Pairs with spicy Asian food, fish, chicken, or pork.

If you are looking for additional information about white wines, I recommend the site French Scout. There is much more detail there.

Happy Wining All!