Types of White Wine
White wine is primarily made from white grapes although it can be made from red grapes. If red grapes are used then the skins are removed during the wine-making process to ensure that they do not colour the wine. White wines are often perceived as being lighter than red wines as they contain less tannin due to the fact that they do not come into contact with grape skins. White wines come in all kinds of varieties, including:
- Chardonnay - this wine originated in France and are often aged in oak barrels which gives the wine a slightly smoky taste. Chardonnays can also have fruity overtones.
- Chenin Blanc - made in the famous Loire Valley this wine is also grown in other regions of the world. It often has honey like or fruit overtones.
- Gewurztraminer - this wine is best known as coming from either Germany or from France's Alsace area. It can have overtones of fruit or spices.
- Muscat - this wine tends to be sweeter than most white wines and it is often taken as a dessert wine.
- Pinot Blanc - this wine originated in France and is one of the lighter white wines. It has overtones of fruits and sometimes a slightly smoky taste.
- Pinot Grigio/Gris - this wine is slightly darker than most white wines due to the grapes that are used in the wine-making process. It often has fruity overtones.
- Riesling - this wine is often most associated with Germany and Alsace. This is a light wine that often has floral or fruity overtones.
- Sauvignon Blanc - this wine is sometimes also known as Fume Blanc. It often contains overtones of herbs, fruit and grass.