Do you love the basic white wines but want to try more? This visual guide will help you see how different, lesser known varieties fit into the major styles of white wine and will help you determine what to try next! Since there’s so much to know about white wine, this is a great way to help visualize the basics. Salut!
Beginner White Wines
Light & Zesty
These wines are light bodied and dry, with a fresh clean taste.
- Chablis (unoaked Chardonnay)
- Chenin Blanc (dry or “sec”)
- Cortese (a.k.a. Gavi)
- Gargenega (a.k.a. Soave)
- Grenache Blanc
- Muscadet (Melon de Bourgogne)
- Picpoul de Pinet
- Pinot Blanc
- Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris
- Soave (“swah-vay”)
These wines are typically light bodied with “green” and herbal aromas like grass, jalapeño, or bell pepper.
Bold & Dry
These wines will blow the top of your head off with their intense flavor and a creamy-vanilla note brought about with oak aging.
Light & Sweet
Often with just a touch of residual sugar (from the grapes), these wines are slightly sweet and very aromatic.
Bold & Sweet
These wines are very sweet and perfect for pairing with dessert and sometimes chocolate.
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