Beginner’s Guide To 5 Different Types Of Common White Wines

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Ever found yourself in an awkward situation when asked what kind of wine you prefer—and all you can say is white? Don’t worry mate, trust us when we say you are definitely not alone.

Understanding the world of white wines could seem like a daunting task, especially for those who have not been exposed much. For starters, familiarise yourselves with the most common types of basic white wines that could be found in cellars, restaurants and even supermarkets.

From Chardonnay to Sauvignon Blanc, here is our Beginner’s Guide to The 5 Different Types of Common White Wines. Do know that there are ultimately hundreds of varieties out there, but this simple list would be a great way to further your appreciation of splendid white wines.

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#1 CHARDONNAY

Pronounced as shar-dun-nay, Chardonnays are dry full-bodied white wines that originated in France. The specific tastes actually depend on whether the Chardonnay is oaked or unoaked; the former tastes more vanilla and toasty, while the latter possesses zesty fruity flavours.

#2 PINOT GRIS

Pinot Gris—pronounced as pee-no gree—is also known as Grauburgunder. This white wine is actually made from greyish and brownish grapes. The French word ‘gris’ means grey after all. Characteristics of every Pinot Gris depend on its wine-making style and region.

For instance, Alsatian Pinot Gris are medium-bodied and slightly spicy, while German Pinot Gris are full-bodied and sweeter.

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#3 RIESLING

Riesling might have a multitude of variations under its family, but the most distinct trait is its pure fruity taste despite the varying sweetness and dryness levels of each wine. Rieslings can age significantly longer than other grape variety wines and is a great food enhancer.

#4 SAUVIGNON BLANC

Sauvignon Blancs, pronounced as saw-vin-yawn blonk, are dry light-bodied white wines with a high acidic fruity taste. These crisp refreshing white wines are made from green-skinned grapes and are best paired with fishes and poultry.

#5 SEMILLION

The Sémillon is essentially a dry and sweet white wine made with overripe golden-skinned grapes. The interesting part about the semillion is that its sweetness is attributed to the noble rot of grapes. It is extremely popular in France and Australia with a notable fig-like taste.