When it comes to ordering white wine at a bar, there are many options to choose from. Chardonnay is often one of the house wines, and it's a staple of the wine industry. But Sauvignon Blanc is another excellent white wine, with a bright and clear flavor. The dichotomy between Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc shows the variety between the best types of white wine. Chardonnay is the most popular white wine in the world, making it a good variety to start your white wine journey with.
It has some enemies, especially those who don't like the oak version very much, but it's worth trying as you might love it. Chardonnay in oak fans love the wine's rich vanilla flavors and the delicious, rich and often rounder mouthfeel provided by aging in wood. It's this backbone that allows Chardonnay to even cope with a steak, if you dare. If you like this style, you're probably a fan of other white wines that see oak, including some Bordeaux whites, as well as Grüner Veltliner and Viognier. If you're not a fan, it's time to try chardonnay without oak.
For a tremendously good wine, Sauvignon Blanc should be your choice. Due to their extensive production, these wines can vary greatly from region to region and from one winemaker to another. When grapes are grown in a colder climate, they tend to result in green apple notes and often have a minerality. However, chardonnays from warmer climates are generally fruitier, more tropical, and may have an oak finish (if finished in oak barrels). Many of these varieties are cultivated in countries such as South Africa and Argentina. Chardonnay doesn't need to age; according to VinePair, it's ready to drink soon after being bottled.
Albariño is a fruity and refreshing wine from Spain and Portugal. It is typically cultivated in the Iberian Peninsula and is widely known for its sour and quick notes of grapefruit and lime, honeysuckle, as well as for its fruity flavors such as nectarine. There is also a touch of salinity in Albariño.Albariño grapes tend to be more difficult to harvest because they are smaller and have thick skins. This also helps to give the grapes a natural citrus bitterness due to the phenol content of the grape skin.
Usually, these grapes are grown in pergolas so that the grapes stay free from rot and dry easily. Albariño wine goes best with flaked fish, cheese, salads, seafood and lighter meats. Chardonnay has become the most popular type of wine in the world for several good reasons. It's usually referred to as the winemaker's grape because it's incredibly versatile and can grow in a variety of climates. Chardonnay wines are generally made from green-skinned grapes, giving the wine a rich, oak flavor profile or a crisp, clean flavor profile.
The flavor of Chardonnay can vary depending on how it is made and where the grapes were grown. Chardonnay is best combined with seafood such as crab, lobster and prawns, as well as with meaty fish such as cod and halibut. One of the most versatile white wines on the market is Chenin Blanc which comes in sparkling and dry varieties. This is one of the most popular varieties grown in South Africa where it is often mixed with additional varieties such as Viognier, Marsanne and Semillon to create a richer wine. The grape variety is native to the Loire Valley in France. This is a versatile white wine that presents a variety of flavor profiles depending on the wine style.
Dry Chenin Blanc has notes of chamomile, ginger, quinces and sour pear while dry Chenin Blanc has notes of ginger, honeycomb, jasmine, passion fruit and ripe pear as some of the natural sugars remain from the grape. Sweet Chenin Blanc features notes of mango, ginger, dried persimmon, mandarin and toasted almond while sparkling Chenin Blanc has notes of plum, yellow apple, quinces and ginger. Chenin Blanc will pair better with bittersweet dishes because of its natural acidity and sweet taste. It also goes well with turkey, chicken pork smoked salmon halibut trout veal and guinea fowl. If you prefer to make your wine sweeter Moscato is the best option. This wine is generally known as a dessert wine because of its characteristic sweet flavor profile.
Moscato wine is made from the Moscatel grape which is also a table grape that is often used for raisins. The main flavors of this grape tend to include nectarine orange blossom and peach. Moscato usually goes well with creamy desserts as well as fruit cakes or flavors that contain caramel coconut or vanilla but won't go well with chocolate flavors because of how rich chocolate desserts are. If you want to pair Moscato with a full meal it will be better with fish chicken or Chinese food. It can also be combined well with crudités such as carrot cucumber and celery.
Pinot Grigio is a light-bodied white wine with a variety of floral and fresh aromas. This is another popular white wine that became popular in Italy; the grape is native to Burgundy France but then traveled to Switzerland before arriving in Northern Italy where Pinot Grigio wine gained notoriety. The flavor of Pinot Grigio will vary depending on exactly where the grape was grown; flavors usually include notes of white peach citrus pear as well as additional flavors such as green apple honeysuckle and grapefruit. Pinot Grigio will pair best with seafood vegetarian dishes and pasta dishes while Riesling is an aromatic grape used to create a white wine that is known for its sweet flavor profile; this is a wine that usually has a lower alcohol content and is often used as a dessert wine. You'll notice a variety of aromas in your Riesling wine even when served iced; main flavors include apricot nectarine crispy apple etc.