You love white wine, huh? Welcome to the club! We here at WineNight love all those fruity to dry tastes and sensations; we also love the way only a crisp, cold glass of white wine makes an evening feel super warm. And we’re guessing, if you’ve found yourself here, you might be one of those wine drinkers who LOVES wine, but doesn’t know much about it. If that’s the case, you’re in the right spot. You see, it’s WineNight’s mission to help you learn about wine as you drink it, and today’s Wine.Life.Style post is no exception. Below, we’re going to let you know about a super easy way to identify and find your go-to white wine. (And if you loved reds, we covered them in last week’s post, so check that out, as well.)
As a wine newbie, here’s the really simple concept you need to understand about wine that no one ever tells you, and we’re not really sure why:
Each type of grape loves to grow in certain regions. Kind of like how David Bowie did great things in NYC and Berlin, but in LA, not so much. Bowie’s time living in SoCal was an interesting experiment, but the environment just didn’t work for him or his output. It’s the same exact thing with grapes.
To begin to learn about wine, start by drinking grapes from the regions in which they love to grow best.
It’s really that simple. But we’ll repeat it so it sinks in: To learn which wines you love and why, the first step is to drink grapes made in the regions they love to grow in. This way you’ll taste each grape’s true essence, how they each resonate with the senses, and learn what your palate likes in this tasting process.
Since you may not know what these grape-to-region combos are at this stage, we have the most popular white grapes listed below. Now you’re just two easy steps away from finding your go-to white wine!
Step 1 – Buy Bottles Of White Wine
Go to your favorite wine store with the below list. Check out the wine labels and make sure the grape and region match up. At this stage, do not buy blends. Just buy a bottle made of 100% Chardonnay or 100% Sauvignon Blanc so you can really get a taste for that grape. A bit of blend is okay, but 100% is ideal. If you’re still confused, talk to someone who works in the store. They would LOVE to help you.
Popular White Grapes & The Regions They Love
- Sauvignon Blanc – New Zealand & Bordeaux, France
- Gewurztraminer – Alsace, Germany & Northern Italy
- Chardonnay – Burgundy, France & California
- Riesling – Germany
- Viognier – Rhône, France
- Pinot Grigio – Northern Italy
- Chenin Blanc – Loire, France & South Africa
Step 2 – Drink Those Bottles
Here’s the fun part. You get to drink. But as you sip those wines, pay attention to what tastes best to you. Give it a good think, not just a good slug. Keep track of your findings, and, when you’ve found your favorite, well, c’est tout! It really is that insanely easy to find your go-to red wine.
There’s a lot more fun to be had learning about wine, but let’s take it one step at a time. Remember to cover your bases checking out red wines from last week’s post, and you can look forward to reading about our newest tastings Red Wines 101 and White Wines 101 in April.
Once you’ve followed these steps to identify the white wines you love, we really want to know what red grape suits you best. Tell us in the comment section below!