Types of White Wine:
The Grapes

The different types of white wine are determined by their grapes. Their color, or lack of it, comes from the juice. Unlike red wines, the skins are not left in long, if at all. This results in the wine having an almost clear color and less tannin than reds. The most typical white wines for beginners to know are:

-Sauvignon Blanc or Fume Blanc
-Pinot Grigio or Pinot Gris

If you know these four wines and have acquainted yourself with them, you will be able to make your way around. If you haven't tried each of these, I definitely recommend opening a bottle (at least) of each. If this all sounds familiar, GOOD!!! You have read about red wines, if not it will when you do!

I cannot stress enough how important it is to drink wine in order to understand it. After all, if you are going to take up a hobby, it might as well be fun and educational. Also, when was the last time homework was so enjoyable?

If you need another reminder about how to taste wine, check out our Wine Tasting page, for tips about how to taste and play with the wine.

There are some lesser known white wine types, but all of these deserve mentioning. You never know where they will pop up. We like wine surprises around here but in case you don't here's the list:

-Pinot Blanc
-Chenin Blanc
-Grenache Blanc

Most of these grapes are light on the palate. The most obvious exception being Chardonnay. They are perfect on a sunny, warm summer day. I like them for the French tradition of Sunday afternoon lunch.

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