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The Difference Between Fine White Wines

There's such a huge variety of different white wines and grapes that it can be difficult to know the difference between them all, and it can also be hard to know which fine white wines are best to pair with what foods. Some white wines are incredibly versatile and can be matched with many foods, while others are limited as to what they bring to the meal.

Chardonnay

Chardonnay is a smooth, dry wine that can be made still or sparkling. It is typically fruity and therefore very well paired with fish or poultry. Despite being notoriously difficult to pair with wine, Salmon pairs exceptionally well with Chardonnay.

Chenin Blanc

Widely grown in California and France, Chenin Blanc and has quite a high acidity and is quite a light wine. Chenin Blanc is used in inexpensive table wines due to its high and cheap production, and it typically goes with most foods.

Gewurztraminer

Gewurztraminer is a smooth, bold, low acidity wine perfect for Asian foods. It is grown in France, Germany and California, and is a fabulous wine for sensitizing the palate before eating. This wine is fabulous with spicy foods!

Muscat and Moscato

Moscato belongs to the Muscat family of grapes, and being very similar wines both are the perfect dessert wines. With an exceptionally sweet and fruity flavour, Muscat wines are often quite musky and full-bodied as well. Muscat and Moscato are produced all over the World, but are particularly popular in North America.

Pinot Grigio

Pinot Grigio, or Pinot Gris, is a mutation of the well-known red wine Pinot Noir, Pinot Grigio is a very versatile wine that pairs easily with many different types of foods. It is produced extensively in the USA, France, and Italy and is a crisp and dry wine. Excellent with seafood and poultry dishes, and a Pinot Grigio will always bring out the flavours well in pastas and with cheeses.

Riesling

Originally from Germany, Riesling tastes delicious with chicken and pork, and really brings out the flavours in the food as it's round and usually quite dry. It is also a great pairing with Japanese dishes, most starters and appetizers, and is used to produce 'ice wine'.

Sauvignon Blanc

One of the most popular fine white wines is Sauvignon Blanc. It is fairly light and contains several fruit components, so is great with all seafood and poultry, and even salads. It originates from France but is now produced worldwide and the grapes are usually very intense, so it is sometimes blended with a decent Semillon to soften the intensity.

Semillon

Semillon is dry, sweet wine that is one of the more unique types of wine produced. It is quite often mixed with a Sauvignon Blanc to provide a softer and mellower flavour to the Sauvignon Blanc, as the two wines have very opposite flavours, and is also put in dessert wines. Semillon works well with simple dishes of fish, chicken, and shellfish, and of course if in dessert wines it will pair well with any dessert.

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