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White Wine

A Wine of Character


White wine can come in different shades; from almost clear to dark yellow amber with hues of green and grey. It can be light and fruity with matching aromatics. They can also have acidic and dry astringent tones in their taste, leading to descriptive terms of “crisp” and “tart”. When a white wine does not have enough acidity it is described as “flat” or “flabby”.

Versatile Palate

By comparison to red wines, and the lack of tannin, white wines are less complicated. They are therefore more versatile, useful as an aperitif instead of a cocktail, and capable of being paired with many different foods. They are certainly more palatable for a wider range of drinkers.

Examples

The following is a list of the more common white wine varietals:

Bordeaux

Burgundy

Chablis

Chardonnay

Chenin blanc

French Colombard

Gewürztraminer

Johannisberg Riesling

Muscadet

Pinot blanc

Pinot Grigio

Pouilly-Fumé

Pouilly-Fuissé

Retsina

Riesling

Sauvignon blanc

Sémillon

Viognier

Vouvray



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