White Wine Varietals
If you are fascinated by white wines you’re either just starting your love affair with wine or you’ve reached the golden years. In the beginning there are reasons to be enamored; foremost probably is that it’s served chilled, it may have some sweetness and there is no bitterness from tannins. For a time in the middle you’ll be seduced by red wines and see no other. Finally you discover the joy of complex white wines where balance is as precise as a ballerina’s and bouquet and flavours are as rewarding as a sonnet.
More than any other type of wine this is where the “Taste Profiles” in the search feature can be useful. There is such a spectrum of white wines and within white varietals that a star to guide by can be a great help. I tell you from personal experience, stumbling around in the dark one bumps into some exciting things.
The smell of an alfalfa field when you walk through it early on a dewy morning.
Citrus acidity and real verve set this apart from the Chardonnay and made from low yields it has considerable depth and a faint nuttiness.
Piedmont’s best kept secret, Arneis
is the delightful dry white of Piedmont -a land better known for Barolo. It is generous and mineral with orchard fruits and a marked pear come citrus nuance
Bordeaux blanc Wine
The best of Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon and Muscadelle... crisp and balanced, these are refreshing
Cabernet Sauvignon Wine
Ethereal bouquets and lengthy flavours that host nuances beyond description.
Crisp, highly mineral Chablis, nutty Meursault, nervy Chassagne, profound Corton-Charlemagne, voluptuous Sonoma County or weighty Napa wines
Combining the thrilling tension between Chardonnay's vibrancy and weight, these are nimble, dexterous, and gratifying
Chenin Blanc Wine
Chenin blanc can range from sublime sweet wine to divinely dry,
Lovely local white: beautiful, intensely fruity, with a floral bouquet.
Delightfully crisp, medium bodied white wine redolent of flowers and tasting of orchard fruits and melons.
The wine is fragrant with white flowers, lime, quince and maybe even Sarrano ham.
A mineral note adds complexity to its floral and fruity character.
Rose petal, honeysuckle, white pepper, sometimes petrol and, most unmistakably, lychee.
Gros Manseng Wine
Gruner Veltliner Wine
The flavour is often of peaches with lemon grass and minerals with attention grabbing acidity.
Italy bianco Wine
One needs to be really picky with this varietal, but you are, right?
Their great acidity imparts a mouth watering character
aromatic variety known for clean floral and fruity notes, Muscat
Organic or Biodynamic White Wine
Fostering healthy soil makes for healthy vines, plant by the cosmos and then you're really throwing eye-of-toad in the cauldron!
Petit Manseng Wine
Quince, apricot, orange zest... it's your first love as a grown-up.
Pinot Blanc Wine
Pinot blanc gives a wine with fruity aromas.
Pinot Gris Wine
Bright, crisp and mineral varying in fruit from orchard and stone fruits to fresh melons.
Macon's undisputed leader making its greatest whites tasting of orchard fruit, Bourgogne sap, and the very limestone buttes on which Chardonnay is planted, our Pouilly Fuisse
are white Burgundy's best values bar none.
Sauvignon blanc speaking in the eloquent aromas of lime liqueur, nettles, clean scented hops with alert flavors of lemons and limes bit off the rind.
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Rhone blanc Wine
Think stone fruits, baked goods made savory with herbs.
Some of the most glorious, not to be missed, white wines in the Rhone
Sauvignon Blanc Wine
The flavours here are brighter, fresher than most other whites, most certainly Chardonnay.
Seyval Blanc Wine
With its panoply of flavors, Seyval Blanc offers a wide array of aromas ranging from the typical grapefruit, mandarin and Clementine to freshly mown hay, apples and orchards in bloom.
Compelling aromatics of pitted fruits like apricot and peach, white flowers and quince
Straw coloured with grapefruit and honey dew nuances it is a lively inviting wine.
Ugni Blanc Wine
Great tension and contrast, bright at first then rich in the middle, crisp at the swallow and long on the finish.
Vibrant lemon grass and fennel fragrances followed by herbaceous, assertive flavours.
Heady floral and stone fruit aromas mark Viognier
whose softer structure combine power and elegance
Viura makes a zesty, vibrant light to medium bodied wine
Touraine's great rendition of the Chenin Blanc grape variety, Vouvray
finds its way to our hearts for combining mineral structure with the ripened fruit and lime blossom that create great verve and tension. A+ for food pairing.
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