When it comes to wines, contrary to popular belief, it is not the reds that top the sale charts. White wine is the most preferred style since it is significantly lighter and is easy drinking. Even the non-lovers of white wine can easily fall in love with it, since there is a large selection of styles out there that go perfectly well with almost any type of food, even steak.
Finding out which type of white wine you like is simple; you just need to sample different types of the most popular white wines and find the right one for you. With that idea in mind, we have put together a list of the six wine varieties and styles that will give you the basics about the world’s most popular white wines. Hence, before you buy white wine randomly, take a look at our list.
- Oaked Chardonnay – As Chardonnay is the world’s most popular white wine, it is a good variety to start your white wine journey. The oaked Chardonnay has rich vanilla flavours, as well as delicious and rich wood mouthfeel, which is exactly what makes it so popular. If you like how an oaked Chardonnay tastes, you should also try other types of white oaked wines like Bordeau, Viognier and Gruner Veltliner.
- Unoaked Chardonnay – If you decide to buy white wine, especially unoaked Chardonnay, you need to know that this type of wine is aged in stainless steel barrels or in a neutral neutral oak barrels. This means that the oak barrel has been used many times before, so it won’t impact the vanilla flavour in the wine.
- Sauvignon Blanc – Sauvignon Blanc is a fresh summery wine that originates from France, but became popular thanks to its new home, New Zealand. Almost all people love the New Zealand version of this white wine due to its smell of fresh cut grass and nice refreshing acidity. If you happen to like Sauvignon Blanc, you should try the Italian Vermentino or Verdicchio or Torrontes from Argentina.
- Pinot Grigio – This most popular Italian white wine has refreshing flavours of green apple, lemon and lime. It is dry and not sweet at all, which makes it a perfect match to seafood. If you enjoy Pinot Grigio, you should also try the Greek Assyrtiko white wine and Albariño from Spain.
- Dry Riesling – Usually, Riesling is considered as very sweet wine, but in fact, almost all Riesling’s are dry. To make sure you have chosen a dry Riesling, buy one from Austria, Alsace (France) or from Trocken (Germany). The dry Riesling has pineapple, lime, lemon and apricot flavours which Riesling connoisseurs adore.
- Sweet Riesling – Sweet Riesling wines are usually produced in Germany and in some parts of the U.S. If you happen to like sweet Riesling, you should also try Moscato or Gewürztraminer.