Everything you always wanted to know about white wine, but were afraid to ask

Every wine lover knows the light, refreshing taste of white wine. But what special knowledge can you boast of?

In this article, we will tell you the most famous facts about white wine.

The first fact is that there are many different types of white wine.

White wine lovers know that there are seven main varieties of white wine, namely:

  1. Chardonnay
  2. Sauvignon Blanc
  3. Pinot Grigio
  4. Riesling
  5. Moscato
  6. Gewürztraminer
  7. Viognier

The second fact is that the tannin content of white wine is low.

During fermentation, the grapes used to make white wine do not come into contact with the grape skins, which has a significant effect on reducing the amount of tannins and consequently, the taste of the drink.

The third fact is that red grapes varieties are used to make white wine.

To make white wine, the skins are removed from the grapes. Therefore, it does not matter whether the grape is light or dark in colour.

One story from the world of wine: the famous white wine blanco (bianco), which actually means "white», is made from red Cabernet and Sangiovese grapes.

The fourth fact is that the alcohol content of white wines is lower.

Due to the early harvesting of the grapes, the specificity of the production and the lower tannin content, white wines are characterised by a particular acidity. And, as we all know, acidity goes best with low-alcohol drinks. This is why, winemakers monitor the Alcohol by Volume (ABV) of their wines.

The fifth fact is white wines are virtually calorie-free.

If you are keeping an eye on your weight and the amount of calories you consume each day, but you cannot deny yourself a glass of wine, then white wine is a great option.

According to research, the calorie content of white wine is between 107 and 143 calories per serving. But that’s if we are talking about dry white wines!

Sweet white wines have a fairly high sugar content and their calorie content varies between 177 and 213 calories per serving. Moscato and Gewürztraminer are the most "calorific" white wines.

The sixth fact is that white wines are Chameleons

The colour of white wines changes over time, as a result of the oxidation process, the pigmentation of the drinks undergoes changes and the shades become darker.

The seventh fact is that white wines like coolness

Since white wines are confirmed by their acidity, it is recommended to store them in a «cool climate» with a temperature of 45-60 °F.

Stories from the world of wine:

Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc white wines are characterized as airy and fruity, they are recommended to be cooled at a temperature of 45-50 ° F.

White wines of Chardonnay and Moscato are characterised as medium density and strength, they are recommended to be cooled at a temperature of 50-60° F.

The eight fact is that white wines go well with many dishes

Thanks to their characteristics, white wines can be combined both with simple and quick snacks (seafood, cheese, salads) and with full-fledged light dishes (poultry dishes and pasta).

The ninth fact is that the most popular wine in the world is white Chardonnay

Chardonnay is characterised by a unique fruity flavour and medium acidity. One of the distinctive features of this drink is the country of production. Chardonnay originates from France (Burgundy).

Wine is also popular among winemakers because it is easy to produce it from unpretentious grapes that grow in warm and cool climates.

Let us know if you have learned anything new about this famous drink?