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An Introduction to White Wines


A look at the styles of white wines available, vintage pricing and recommendations, producing regions, appropriate food pairing ideas, storing and serving tips and a bit of demystifying vineyard vocabulary that often accompanies white wines.
  1. White Wine Basics
  2. Champagne & Sparkling Wine
  3. Types of White Wine
  1. Riesling Wines
  2. Chardonnay Wines
  3. White Wine Sangria Recipes

White Wine Basics

First things first, why is "white" wine, not white at all, but yellow, golden or straw-like in color? Its color can be derived from an assortment of grape varietals. White wines are made from the grape juice and grape skin of green, gold or yellowish colored grapes or from just the juice (not the skin) of select red grapes (as in some Champagnes).

Champagne & Sparkling Wine

The Champagne we know and love comes exclusively from the Champagne region of France, and claims the honor of being the most famous of the sparkling wines. Technically, it is the only sparkling wine that may be referred to as "Champagne." Bubbly from all other regions in the world are simply referred to as "sparkling wine."

Types of White Wine

A quick reference to the major types of white wine varietals.

Riesling Wines

Riesling wines originated in Germany's Rhein and Mosel river valleys, it was here that this white grape gained its tenacious foothold in today's modern white wine market. A Riesling wine can span a broad range of styles, being produced in both dry to sweet variations as well as light to full-bodied.

Chardonnay Wines

Need a quick overview on the world's #1 selling white wine varietal? Then look no further, we've got the basics and top Chardonnay recs and reviews covered here.

White Wine Sangria Recipes

Sangrias are a favorite summer time or holiday beverage because they are super easy to make, even easier to drink and are always a crowd pleaser!

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