Quick Guide to Common Types of White Wines
Are you looking for a bright and refreshing complement to your meal? White wines are known worldwide for their versatility and gentle compatibility with a wide range of foods. Supremely drinkable on their own, white wines are a refined upgrade to any dining experience.
Top White Varietals
In North America, Chardonnay is among the most popular and well-known white wine grapes. The flavor profile can differ depending on where the Chardonnay is grown and the respective winemaking techniques utilized. Chardonnay's flavors can range from buttery and full to zesty and bright depending on the style the winemaker decides to impart on the grapes. The style of the wine is important when considering your food pairings, so let’s dig in!
The best food pairings across the board for Chardonnay are chicken, seafood, vegetables & fresh salads. Chardonnay, when produced in a leaner, less buttery style, compliments French dishes that use cream sauces so well your mouth will be begging for more cream and more wine! A French-style Chard also has this amazing ability to brighten soft cheeses like triple cream brie or medium-firm cheeses like Gruyère. Go ahead, test these pairings out for yourself and let us know what you think.
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Sauvignon Blanc is a white grape variety most famously grown in France's Loire Valley and Bordeaux. These wines are typically dry with a high level of acidity due to the cooler climates the grapes are grown in. Depending on how ripe the grapes when they’re harvested, the flavors will range from a zesty fresh-cut grass essence to a peachy fresh summer fruit salad.
Sauvignon Blanc pairs well with anything bright and herby. Consider Sauvignon Blanc next time you grill a white fish, sauté some veggies from the garden or enjoy with that cheese board you’ve been dying to make strictly to impress your friends. If you’re feelin’ fancy pair your next Sauv Blanc with Vietnamese cuisine and of course you can’t go wrong with classic French cuisine.
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Pinot Grigio is a white wine that is light and refreshing. It's a dry, light-bodied wine which make it great for a day on the patio; the subtle and delicate fruit aromas make it an easy go-to.
The best food pairings include dishes with light and fresh flavors: any summertime fare, especially salad, delicately poached fish, and light and mild cheeses.
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Riesling is delightfully foral and aromatic white wine grape native to the Rhine River in Germany. You’ll typically experience crisp flavors of apples and stone fruits with high acidity levels. Rieslings range dramatically in terms of sweetness level, you’ll find some that are bone-dry, a few with a touch of sweetness, and others with generous dose of sweet – they’re all delicious in their own way.
Given the native growing region for this grape, it's no surprise that Riesling pairs perfectly with cured meats, German cuisine - think sauerkraut and spaetzle, and a slew of cheeses, the type of cheese depends on the sweetness level you’ve chosen (another topic for another time maybe).
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Where's The Best Place to Source Your Wine in Colorado?
If you are in Colorado and care about wine, there's only one place worth your business. The Wine Dispensary hosts frequent wine tastings, caters to a caring local crowd, and sources some of the best wines at every price point to ensure you find something you like.
The Wine Dispensary specializes in wine delivery in Denver, offering the best wines, liquors, and beers delivered straight to your doorstep. In addition, they host the a Denver Wine club, which serves premium wines, sending you four bottles of wine depending on your preferences. The Wine Club is a perfect way to be introduced to carefully curated bottles of wine that are guaranteed to expand your taste buds and your wine knowledge.
If you are interested in wine, The Wine Dispensary in Denver offers the best selection, knowledgeable staff, and convenient options that can't be beaten!