Selecting wine can be complicated- especially for those of us who aren't sommeliers. It's okay, breathe...we have some very simple tips on how to go about this!
White wine is stereotypically popular during the warmer seasons of the year- but we find that they are delicious all year round! Not only is white a lighter beverage, when consumed, it tends not to have the same "warming effect" that some reds can have. When selecting wine, be sure to go to the right place- wine shops can provide a wealth of guidance.
Let's break it down for you.... consider this a cheat sheet for picking out a winning bottle.
We know you've all heard of Chardonnay. This was the most popular varietal in the 1990's and is still a safe bet today. Chardonnay is known for its full-bodied, citrusy flavor with hints of toast mixed in. Served chilled, this can be a refreshing choice with fish and chicken.
Sauvignon Blanc is a mouthful to say and taste. This wine originally hails from the Bordeaux region of France (just like Merlot) and is noted for its herbal character. Sauvignon Blanc boasts hints of freshly mown grass, melon, and mango. Try it with seafood, poultry, or salad.
Pinot Grigio is another classic. Hailing from Italy, it showers its drinker with a lovely, crisp taste that bites you oh so good with its well-balanced acidity. Fruity flavors help to cut the bitterness and leave a smooth finish in its place. Pinot Grigio is wonderful because it can go with a wide variety of dishes. Try it out with seafood, light pasta, and cheese cracker combinations.
For those of you who like a slightly sweeter wine that won't overwhelm your senses, try Riesling . This German grape is made to be lighter in taste with aromas that refresh and delight. Fresh apples are a common aroma found in this varietal. Since Riesling varies greatly depending on where it is grown, the tastes and scents change as well. The northern and Eastern parts of the US usually have reliably balanced Riesling blends. Varietals from California have a tendency of being rather sweeter than they should be. Of course, German Rieslings can often be the finest to be had. Riesling goes well with fish, chicken, and pork.
Speaking of German wines, Gewürztraminer is a delicious, fruity wine. If you love sweet, than this is the wine for you. Aromas of rose petals and peaches enchant your taste buds as you leisurely sip this wine. Gewürztraminer works well with Asian food, pork, and even sausage!
We hope this list will help you, but feel free to add your own tips and advice below in the comments section. As far as wine is concerned, there is always more to learn!