Beginner’s Guide to White Wine

Do vast wine selections, either at the store or on a menu, have you a bit confused? Are you overwhelmed by so many grape types, the perfect food pairings, as well as the diversity of wine flavors? To narrow things down a bit, let’s start with some of the most popular white wines. Here’s a simple, easy to follow, white wine guide — just to get you started.

The Beginner’s White Wine Guide

  • Chardonnay

By far, the most consumed white wine is Chardonnay. The flavors in a glass of Chardonnay are a blend of tart green apple, crisp melon, and a touch of an aroma packed pineapple. Chardonnay is grown in California and in Australia but frequently enjoyed around the world.

It’s most excellent served with mild, creamy, buttery foods because with Chardonnay, it’s best to avoid foods with intense flavors. It’s particularly wonderful with foods such as baked salmon, a buttery chicken dish, a rich creamed soup, or even a creamy pasta Alfredo. Just pour and enjoy!

  • Pinot Grigio

This is an extremely popular white wine because of its light, slightly sweet, flavor, and its ability to pair with so many dishes. Imagine the perfect blend of pear, melon, with just a wisp of citrus, and you have a great glass of Pinot Grigio.

Pinot Grigio is wonderful paired with the lighter flavors of seafood, fish, or even chicken. Try it soon with some great seafood pasta, and you’ll be sure to find the combination truly satisfying.

Pinot Grigio

  • Moscato Blanc

Growing in popularity, and produced primarily across Italy, but also in France, and even South America, the Muscat is believed by many experts to be the oldest known grape in the world. The sweetness, from a slightly peachy flavored glass of Moscato, make it a natural choice for a classic dessert wine. As good as Moscato is at the end of the meal, it’s also wonderful as a stand-alone wine.

For pairings, it’s particularly great with desserts. However, Moscato might surprise you. Try being a little adventurous and enjoy a glass of Moscato with spicy food. The intense heat of the cuisine and the sweetness of the wine make a wonderful, and out of the ordinary, combination. After all, opposites always attract.

  • Chenin Blanc

With fruity, slightly floral aromas, as well as flavors, this wine is most appreciated when the grapes are grown in the Loire Valley in France. This is sweet enough to be served as a dessert wine but light enough to be enjoyed with classic entrees of seafood or chicken.

To switch it up a bit, try pairing Chenin Blanc with sweet and sour foods. Consider pork chops made with tart green apples or an incredible array of flavorful Southeast Asian foods. The combination is truly amazing.

  • Pinot Blanc

For this popular wine — produced in the beautiful, Willamette Valley in the state of Oregon —think of flavors that are a bit tart, but definitely not sour. Imagine the refreshing taste of green apple with a blend of citrus. Some feel Pinot Blanc is similar to Chardonnay, yet with a slightly crisper flavor.

It’s perfectly paired with many of the usual white wine pairing suspects. However, try a glass with simple lemon zest and olive oil pasta, or a roasted chicken made with extra virgin olive oil and fresh rosemary. There’s everything to love about this wine.

If you’re ready for a great glass of wine — white, red, or blush — accompanied by some incredible, authentic Italian food, be sure to visit Serafina. We’re located in the greater Miami area at 19565 Biscayne Blvd, #1944.

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