4 White Grape Varietals You Should Know


There are many different types of white wine to choose from. Many people stick to red wine, thinking that whites are not good as a table wine, perhaps, but that is simply not true. Just like you can choose the right red wine for your meal or your occasion, the variety of École du Bar de Montréal white wines also provides you with similarly excellent options, whether you are looking for a dish pairing or just want a nice, crisp, beverage.


The most popular white grape during the 1990s, Chardonnay is still among the most consistently ordered wines on any menu.  A versatile grape—grown all over the world—its flavor profile and food pairing options depend on a lot of thing. Some have a velvety body that is bolder than other dry whites, with more citrus notes. Those chardonnays which are fermented in new oak barrels also take on a bit of a buttery tone.  Image result for 4 White Grape Varietals You Should Know


Normally recommended for its spicy, herbal characteristics, sauvignon blanc pairs best, perhaps, with seafood, poultry, and salads. This varietal can also have notes of sour green fruits, pears, gooseberrries, tropical fruits, and even melon and black currant. The best, however, will also have a smokey quality. It is commonly grown in the Bordeaux region of France (where it is commonly blended with semillon). It is also commonly grown in New Zealand and Australia.


Speaking of semillon, this white grape is also known by many names, as it is grown in California, Chile, Australia, and Argentina as well as in the French region of Bordeaux.  The very dry white wine pairs best with pasta salad, mussels, and clams.


Planted extensively in the Venezia and Alto Adige regions of Italy, Pinot Grigio is similar to semillon in that also has many regional names.  You can also find it growing in the western coastal USA regions as well as Loire Valley, France (where it is called malvoisie) and other parts of France (where it is called pinot gris); as well as Germany and Austria (where it is known as Ruländer or Grauer Burgunder). A well-made pinot grigio should be dry with a nice, acidic bite; some regions, of course, producing wines that can be more aromatic and fruity, too.  This is perhaps the most versatile white grape, too, as you can pair the wine with just about anything.

Jesse Sternberg