Enjoying White Wine to the Full

victoria-moore_3354996bFine white wine is produced in a number of different countries around the world including France, Italy, Germany, Australia and South Africa. Despite its name, white wine is not actually white and comes in a broad spectrum of colors ranging from deep gold to a light straw color or even green tinted. The color of white wine usually depends on the type of grapes that are used. White wine is made from both the juice of certain grapes as well as the skin, most of the pigment of the wine comes from the skin of the grape.

There are eight main varieties of white wine that are produced globally, namely Chardonnay, Riseling, Pinot Gris (which is also sometimes referred to as Pinot Grigio), Sauvignon Blanc, Gewurztramer, Chenin Blanc, Viognier and Semillon. The type of grape that is used gives white wine its own distinct characteristics. For example, Sauvignon Blanc is a medium-bodied white wine, while Riesling white wines are light-bodied and Chardonnay is a classic example of a full-bodied white wine. Alcohol levels also vary between different types of white wine, with the range typically being from 8% to 14%.

White wine makes the perfect accompaniment to a main meal and works particularly well with vegetarian dishes as well as meat and fish based dishes. Light-bodied white wines such as Rieslings are the ideal accompaniment to a special lunch, while they can also be drank at the start of a meal as an aperitif. Sparkling white wine such as Champagne is usually used to celebrate a special occasion, while sweet white wines are often drank at the end of a meal. Of course, white wine can also be enjoyed any time that you simply want to unwind for a while.

The temperature that a white wine is served at can make a big difference to its overall taste. If the wine is too warm than the aromas will be overpowered by the alcohol, while the nose of the white wine will be stifled if it is too cold.