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Know Your White Wine

Know Your White Wine

White wine is one of the most popular beverages in the world. It’s estimated that chardonnay, a variety of white wine, is the most popular wine consumed anywhere. California produces the most white wine in the United States. There are many different types of white wine to choose from, depending on your taste, but they are all worth giving a try. People usually think of white wine as a softer, milder wine but, in reality, there are many white wines that are just as bold and lush as their red wine counterparts.

Here are a few of the most wonderful varietals in white wine:

  • Chardonnay: The most popular wine in the world is this varietal, a full-bodied white wine with flavors of citrus and vanilla which provides an overall buttery mouthful. This is usually due to the fact that it picks up the flavors of the oak barrels it is aged in.
  • Pinot Grigio: A lighter, friendlier white wine, this is a very easy drink with crisp, fruity flavors that will delight the palette. There are many very good Italian pinot grigios available, but “Pinot Gris,” an alternate version, made in Oregon, is just as good.
  • Moscato: This typically tends to be a sweeter type of white wine. Sometimes, people pair it with desserts, but it’s also fine to drink on its own, if you don’t really care for dry (meaning non-sweet) wines.
  • Riesling: Great varieties of this type of wine usually come from Germany. They can be sweet in flavor, but there are some drier versions available which pair quite well with seafood or other, lighter food fare. Apricot, lemon, and elderberry are some of the flavors that people can note in this wine.
  • Sauvignon Blanc: Many great types of this wine come from New Zealand and you’ll love its crisp, green apple notes with hints of grapefruit. Sometimes, people will describe this wine as “grassy” because it’s not usually aged in oak barrels like chardonnay.
  • Sparking Wines: Most sparkling wines––what people like to refer to as “champagne”––are made of fermented white wine. True champagne only comes from the Champagne region of France and can often be quite expensive, so winemakers have come up with less expensive sparkling wine versions. In Spain, it’s called Cava and, in Italy, they have named it Prosecco. You can find very high quality versions of each for not a lot of money and they are a very delightful choice in sparkling wine, perfect for celebrations or an after-dinner treat.

Stop by Pascal today to give one of our delicious white wine varieties a try!