Love white wines and want to try more? This visual guide will help you see how varieties fit into the major styles of white wine. Since there’s so much to know about white wine, this is a great way to help visualize the basics. Salut!
Beginner’s White Wines List
Light & Zesty
These wines are light bodied 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)
- Pinot Blanc
- Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris
- Ugni Blanc
These wines are typically light bodied with ‘green’ or vegetal 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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