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