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Types of White Wines You Should Try

With over 40 white wines, how do you pick the best for a special occasion? One way to narrow down your choices is to pick the best from each of the five types of white wine.

Light and Sweet
1. Riesling – It is thought to have originated in the Rhine River region. It has a range of styles when it comes to weight, from very sweet to bone dry.
2. Muscat Blanc or Moscato – It comes from one of the oldest cultivated grape varieties in the world. It is well-known for its grape scent and also has flavors that hint of caramel or jasmine.
3. Gewurztraminer – This is a type of aromatic sweet wine and is one of the 18 classic noble grapes. It’s a very rare type of wine grape too. It’s stronger than Moscato and has a grapefruit, pineapple or lychee taste.

Light and Zesty
1. Pinot Grigio or Pinot Gris – Pinot Gris from Alsace has a hint of honey, while Pinot Grigio from Italy has a bitter pear or peach taste. American Pinot Grigio on the other hand is less acidic than the two.
2. Muscadet or Melon de Bourgogne – This wine from France tastes like citrus and is quite acidic. It is sometimes aged on lees to attain a creamy flavor.
3. Gargenega or Soave – It has a hint of orange and melon and is quite cheap. It’s a type of old white wine grown in Soave in Italy.

Herbaceous
1. Sauvignon Blanc – This is one of the oldest white wines in the world. Depending on where it was harvested and produced, it has a subtle green flavor like green apple, peaches or gooseberries.
2. Gruner Veltliner – This type grows almost exclusively in Austria. Most of it is produced as dry wine and is very acidic in taste.
3. Vermentino – It is produced mostly in Sardinia and is quite sweet. One type is creamy while the other has a zesty and floral taste.

Bold and Dry
1. Semillon – It tastes like green papaya, apple, pear or lemon. There are also hot climate and cool climate Semillon. When mixed with Muscadelle and Sauvignon Blanc, they create the White Bordeaux.
2. Viognier – This French wine is known for its delicious tangerine, peach and honeysuckle scent. It’s less acidic than most and has a fruity taste.
3. Chardonnay or Chablis – It is a widely cultivated type of white wine and has two major styles; oaked and unoaked. Oaked Chardonnay tastes creamier than Unoaked Chardonnay or Chablis.

Bold and Sweet
1. Sherry – This type of wine is best paired with food because it’s dry. The best Sherry comes from Andalucia in Spain which has a nutty and salty hint.
2. Tokaji – This Hungarian special is best paired with desserts. It needs four to seven years to mature and even then it doesn’t fully ferment because the grapes are extra sweet.
3. Sauternes – The sweetness of this French wine comes from the process of letting a fungus infect the grapes while still on the vine.