Choosing the perfect bottle of white wine can be quite intimidating. With hundreds of different varieties of whites on the market from a range of brands, it’s often difficult to pinpoint the best wine suited to your taste. To make matters worse, the fancy lingo of wine and winemaking has the tendency to intimidate and alienate newbies to the wine scene. 

Here is the bottom line: 

Wine is confusing! You might be asking yourself, “do I like a light or bold wine?”, “do I prefer something sweeter or a little more dry?”, or even “should I pick a zesty or herbaceous wine?”. This is where Minibar Delivery comes in. We have answers to all these questions and more! 

In the remainder of this article we will help you become a white wine connoisseur by discovering the flavors, bodies, and varieties that are perfect for you! 

First, it might be helpful to explain how viticulturists create white wine. 

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How is white wine made?  

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White wine can be made from both red and white grapes? The reason why colors of these wines differ so dramatically is because unlike red wines, white wines are fermented without grape skins. During the fermentation process the sugar and yeast from the grape pulp turns into alcohol. After the fermentation process occurs, sommeliers either transfer the wine to oak barrels to age or bottle the wine. Aged whites tend to be rather creamy while unaged wines are more acidic. 

How does white wine taste? 

Since white wines have lower tannin contents than red wine, they tend to be less bitter and taste rather fruity and light. Additionally, white wines are known for being sweeter as less acidic than their red counterparts. The most prominent flavors of white wines are lemon, grapefruit, apple, and peach. 

How should white wines be served? 

One should serve lighter white wines anywhere between 38 and 45 degrees Fahrenheit. Bolder whites, on the other hand, are best enjoyed at a slightly warmer temperature (45 to 55°F.). The varietal of white wine also determines the best glass to serve the wine. Light and dry wines are best enjoyed in a stemmed glass with a U-shaped bowl and small opening. Full-bodied whites, on the other hand, taste best in a stemmed glass with a rounded bowl and wide rim. 

What does it mean if a wine is full-bodied? 

A wine’s body refers to its general weight, “fullness”, and overall feel of a wine in one’s mouth. While light-bodied wines tend to be more fruity and fresh, full-bodied wines are quite bold. The body of white wine is often directly correlated with the amount of alcohol in the wine. 

What are light-bodied white wines? 

Light-bodied wines typically boast an ABV of 12.5% or less. Light-bodied whites pair perfectly with seafood and Mexican food. These wines are perfect ingredients for sangria recipes. 

  1. Pinot Grigio : a Pinot Grigio  is a dry white wine full of lime, lemon, and green apple flavors. 
  2. Sweet Riesling : A Sweet Riesling is a highly acidic wine with honey, ginger, and citrus flavors.
  3. Sauvignon Blanc: The primary fruit flavors in sauvignon blanc are lime, green apple, passion fruit, and peach. Although, flavors may vary depending on where the grapes are grown. Choose this wine for its crisp flavor and refreshing quality. 

What are some medium-bodied whites? 

Medium-bodied wines typically boast an ABV of 12.5% to 13.5% These white wines compliment scallops, sashimi, and salads quite perfectly

  1. Chenin Blanc : Wine-lovers describe this wine as fresh, zingy, and diverse. The wine’s main flavors are floral and apple-like. 
  2. Pinot Gris : A Pinot Gris is quite rich, spicy, and is quite viscous in texture. 

What are some full-bodied whites? 

Full-bodied reds have the highest alcohol content at around 13.5% ABV or higher and are known for their flavory complexity. Pair these wines with rich, butter food such as lobster or cheese. 

  1. Chardonnay: A Chardonnay is a crowd favorite and known for being rich, complex, and well rounded. Opt for an oaked Chardonnay if you want a rich wine and a unoaked Chardonnay if you want something lighter and less buttery. 
  2. Viognier: The main flavors of a Viognier are tangerine, mango, and vanilla, which make the wine quite creamy.
  3. Muscat : This wine is famous for its sweet peach and orange blossom flavors. Wines are dry to taste, but are often thought of as sweet due to their fruity flavors.

So, when choosing your next wine, be sure to pay attention to sweetness-level and body. You’ll go from a white wine-novice to and expert in no time! Still not convinced white wine is your thing? Check out these delicious red wines