Top 10 Best White Wines not to Be Missed
The world of vines is as vast as the universe and it can get very confusing to order one if you have never been introduced to it before. So in order to not make a fool of yourself in front of the waiter, just read the following list of the best white wines that will help you from making a bad decision and forever swearing of vines.
This is the sweetest of the all and also the cheapest. Technically it is a Perry rather than a wine and come from Italy. It generally costs about £2 per bottle which is less than 1/10th of the cost of a decent wine. It is mostly drunk by labourers who can’t afford anything else. The taste is exceptionally sweet and very heavy on the palate. The phrase ‘If sweetness can kill’ was probably made for this liquid it might seem to some. A plus point is that this is available is various fruity flavours which is unlike of any other wine.
Another sweet supply from Italy, Lambrusco is a wine that is prepared from a dark variety of grape of the same name. It is in reality a red wine, but soon it was so popular that white and rosѐ varieties soon developed by controlling its exposure to the musk. At one point it was the most exported wine to the USA from Italy. Just like Lambrini, Lambrusco is quit cheap as well but it is not as sweet as the former. It is not a crisp wine either. Most likely you’ll see people having it with desserts as it doesn’t go very well with a meal and is likely to ruin the savoury taste of a steak.
One of the sophisticated vines made is the northern region of Chablis in Burgundy. It is named after the place of its origin. The grapes used for making this crisp quality wine are all chardonnay and hence this wine is quite similar in its texture to the world famous Chardonnay wine. The only difference is that it is more subtle than Chardonnay and has a hint of bitterness to it. It is said that this wine was brought to Burgundy by Romans. Soon it was shipped to other areas of west Europe. It is said that Paris was once ruled by Chablis wines.
7) Pinot Blanc
Pinot Blanc grapes are typical white wine green grapes and just like Pinot Grigio, this wine is also a genetic mutation of Pinot Noir which is made from black grapes. This one has traveled to even the remotest villages in Europe. This is a dry wine but in Germany sweeter variations are also found. This is also a wine that is used with a meal as the dryness caused by it works on your appetite and makes you desire the food on your plate. This one too often gets confused with Chardonnay.
6) Sangria Blanc
This one is something you can make at home. First take your favourite white wine and add your favourite fruit to it. Chop the fruits in slices or cubes, whatever you prefer, and add them to the wine. Let the flavour blend together overnight in refrigerator. The next day, add ice and carbonated soda to it and serve it in a pitcher. This can also be done with red wine, but I prefer white. This is a summer favourite and is popular in southern regions of Spain and Portugal. Now bottled versions of Sangria have also been introduced in some parts of UK officially making it a wine.
5) Pinot Grigio
This wine originated in the Burgundy region of France and just by that we know that nothing can be wrong with this one. The fruit that Grigio is made from is generally bluish-purple. The colour is different shades of yellow depending upon the region where the wine has been prepared. For example if the Pinot has been prepared in Alsace region, it’ll have a strong yellow colour with a hint of copper pink whereas a Californian Pinot is lemony yellow. The taste of the wine crisp and delicate and it doesn’t linger on the palate for long. They are also very acidic, so very well go with an evening meal.
Now who doesn’t know Champagne! All of us have that image of the cork of the green bottle being pulled out and the white bubbles erupting in the air. It is probably the most expensive variety of all the whites wine and comes under the category of sparkling wines. These are produced in the Champagne region of France. The wines have the fuzziness that is produced by carbonation. Champagne was a sign of royalty and it was marketed as a luxury wine, a tag that it still carries. Some people use the word Champagne for all sparkling wines but it in really refers to sparkling wines produced in the Champagne region only. Hence the price tag for the authentic champagne has reached the skylines. Some of the sparkling wines produced in America do not even use the name champagne on their bottles. The grapes used for the production of Champagne are primarily Chardonnay and Pinot variety.
This is the only one from Germany where it is grown in the Rhine region. The grapes used for this wine have a very aromatic fragrance to it and hence this wine is also known as the perfumed wine. Along with Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, it forms the trio of the three most popular wines. The quality of the wine greatly depends on climatic conditions as if the climate is too cold, the grapes do not ripen and hence Riesling cannot be made. The grades have to be nice and ripe for them to have to aroma that is so unique to this wine. This wine can even be enjoyed with a strong Asian cuisine which is high on spices and hence not paired with wines in general.
2) Sauvignon Blanc
This one comes from the Bordeaux region of France and it takes its name from the French words of ‘Sauvage’ & ‘Blanc’ which respectively means wild and white. These grapes are green round grapes and the wine prepared is quite crisp and dry. It is a refreshing and hence great for summers. Just like other dry wines, this one is also god with meals and it is generally taken with fish and cheese. It is said that you can have only this wine with sushi. Today Sauvignon Blanc is widely cultivated in Europe and North & South America and it has different names in different regions. They also depend heavenly on climate and can often turn from dry to sweet with the change in weather.
This originated in Burgundy, France but its popularity is so extreme that now it is produced all over the world. This is the Shakespeare of wines and it is safe to say that nobody can dislike it. It’s subtle, crisp and with just the right hint of dryness. If someone wants to get into wines, Chardonnay is the right starting point as I can assure you that you will not be disappointed. The flavour is not in the least overwhelming and goes with just about everything.