White wine is a beverage that is produced by fermenting the pulp of mainly white grapes. While the grapes could have different colored skins, the pulp used in the production of white wine is always sans any color. White wine has existed for over 2000 years and can be of different colors including yellow-gold, yellow-green and straw-yellow.
Health Benefits of White Wine
Let’s take a look at how white wine may benefit our overall health:
- Its antioxidant content promotes weight loss as long as you consume only one or two glasses of white wine every day.
- There is some evidence that it improves memory function and may help prevent Alzheimer’s disease, which is very prevalent in all countries throughout the world.
- One or two glasses of white wine each day can help reduce heart disease risk by at least 25%.
- White wine has nutrients that help keep lung tissues functioning well and ensure they remain healthy.
- When you drink white wine, you are less likely to have a hangover the following day.
Ideal Foods to Pair With White Wine
White wines are light, simple, and elegant. They should always be served chilled, and some would have to be colder than others. These wines are typically more delicate than reds, which is also why they pair much better with lighter foods than red wines. Here are some ideal foods to pair with white wine:
- Poultry — This is one of the easiest pairings. Aside from chicken, you can also pair roast turkey and Cornish game hens and other poultry with Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chardonnay.
- Lobster, Crab, and Shrimp — While most whites pair well with seafood, it’s important to realize that some seafood is far richer than other. But you can balance the delicate flavors of lobster, crab, and shrimp very well with Sauvignon Blanc or Riesling.
- Salads and Appetisers — Just about any white wines harmonise with light appetisers and salads, particularly Chardonnay.
- Cheeses — All white wines except Chardonnay can be served alongside muenster, gouda and Havarti cheeses.
- Fish — Chardonnay is a great match for sautéed, baked, or grilled fish. But some fish also pair well with Sauvignon Blanc or a dry Riesling.
The rule of thumb to go by is: the lighter the food you are serving or eating, the lighter the wine.
Types of White Wine
There are over 1,000 different wine grape varietals that are used in winemaking. Some of the common types of white wines made from these varietals include:
- Pinot Gris/Grigio
- Sauvignon Blanc
- White Zinfandel
Other Types of White Wine
In addition to the white wine varieties listed above, there are other white wines that you might want to try such as:
Best Selling White Wines
Many wineries across the world produce some fantastic whites. Some of the most popular and respectable brands have built their reputation on producing premium wines over the years. Here are some of the bestselling white wines this year:
- Yellow Tail, Australia — Riesling, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, and Semillon Sauvignon Blanc
- Gallo, California — Their sparkling wine, Andre is a best seller for sure
- Concha yToro, Chile — Chardonnay, Semillon, Gewurztraminer, and Sauvignon Blanc
- Hardys, Australia — Chardonnay, and Riesling
- Sutter Home, California — White Zinfandel
- Beringer, California — Chardonnay and White Zinfandel
- Lindermans, Australia — Bin 65 Chardonnay
- Blossom Hill, California — Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, White Zinfandel, and White Blend
The best selling white wines change every year as new vintages are released into the market. If you are looking for a great bottle of white wine to enjoy and pair with your meal, the above list may be helpful in picking the perfect white.■
Article Revision: 1.0 - June 4, 2019
Article Revision: 1.1 - April 25, 2021