ByWachusett Liquors November 09th, 2016 7:11PM
Wondering what wine to pair with tonight’s dinner? In the mood for something dry? Something sweet? A wine that pairs well with your food will hit the spot. With so many options to choose from, it may be overwhelming. Instead of getting lost in the wine aisle or wasting money on a wine that won’t suit the needs of your palate, here’s your guide to the most popular white wines for your next meal.
With roots in France, Chardonnay is one of the most popular wines in the world. The grapes used have a medium-high acidity with a full body. It has a mild flavor overall, which is what makes it so popular. You’ll taste green apple, pear, melon, lemon, and even pineapple in some. Rounded out with butterscotch or vanilla, this is the go-to for those looking for a classic wine.
Recommended Food Pairing: Try this wine with your chicken, oysters, or any white-fleshed fish.
Sauvignon Blanc is a unique wine due to its green and herbaceous flavors, such as bell pepper, jalapeño, and gooseberry. Another wine from the countryside of France, these grapes have a medium-high acidity with a light-medium body. It often has a citrus backbone with lime, green apple, and passion fruit added in. These give it an intense aroma.
Recommended Food Pairing:This is a great wine for vegetarians since it pairs well with green vegetables.
Moscato is a favorite in the sweet wine category. Calling Italy its home, the grapes are from a family of over 200 grape varieties that have a medium acidity. In one sip, you’ll taste flavors of peach, orange, nectarine, and apricot.
Recommended Food Pairing: While Moscato is tasty on its own, pair it with Thai or Korean cuisine, summer salads, or apple desserts.
Dry and sweet, the grapes used have a low acidity and a full body. The origin of Semillon grapes is unknown, but it is now produced in France, Australia, and the Pacific Northwest. Flavors of mango, yellow peach, and papaya are complemented with buttery notes.
Recommended Food Pairing: Semillon pairs well with seafood and strong cheeses.
The Pinot Grigio grape has a medium-high acidity and a light-medium body. While Pinot Grigio is grown worldwide, France is its home. Typical flavors you’ll find in this wine include pear, lemon, and melon. The sweet spice flavors separate Pinot Grigio from other wines.
Recommended Food Pairing: Try pairing this crisp, dry wine with food, with salmon, chicken, or pasta.
The highly aromatic Riesling originated in Germany. Its grape has a high acidity with a light body, which can make for a dry, semi-sweet, or sweet wine. Flavors consist of peach, green apple, lime, apricot, nectarine, and mandarin orange. If you’re having a barbecue, break out the Riesling.
Recommended Food Pairing: Try pairing it with shellfish, pork, or salads, too.
In addition to these popular white wines, there are so many more options to choose from, like red wines. Wachusett Wine & Spirits is always expanding its variety of wine. Looking for a specific flavor or brand? Call us or stop by! You might even discover a new favorite wine for your next special occasion.