White Wine Descriptions

THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THE MOST COMMON WHITE WINES

Chardonnay
{SHAR-doe-nay}
(Macon-Villages, Pouilly-Fuisse and French Chablis are all Chardonnay’s)
Light-bodied: Pale yellow with a fragrant nose; dry and flavorful.
Medium-bodied: Lemon-yellow with a richly scented bouquet; dry and mouthfilling.
Full-bodied: Straw yellow color, hints of oak and vanilla on the nose; dry and full lingering taste.
Also look for these flavors: lemon, lime, grapfruit, nectarine, pear, apple, pineapple, guava, melon, banana, smoke, steel, cream, vanilla, butter, butterscotch, toast, chalk, yeast, mint, coconut, anise, mineral.

 

Sauvignon Blanc
{SO-vin-nyon blohnc}
(same grape as Fume Blanc and Pouilly Fume)
Pale yellow color with greenish hues and apple-like aromas. It has a light, dry, crisp finish.
Also look for: Grapefruit, lemon, lime, melon, apple, grass, hay, straw, bell pepper, alfalfa, asparagus, green olive, artichoke, stems, honey, smoke, apricot, mint, menthol, wet wool, kitty litter, mineral, flint, under arm.

 

Pinot Grigio
{PEA-know GREE-zhee-oh}
(also known as Pinot Gris)
Mildly perfumed light-bodied wine that’s dry, crisp and refreshing.

 

Chenin Blanc
{SHEN-in blohnc}
Pale gold color, fruit aromas, fresh melon flavors with a medium-dry finish.
Also look for: Red apple, peach, pineapple, guava, chalk, lemon, vanilla, cream, chamomile.

 

Riesling
{REEZ-zling}
Citrus fruit aromas, pale yellow gold color with a hint of sweetness balanced by a crisp finish.
Also look for: apricot, peach, nectarine, green apple, honeysuckle, geranium, rose, licorice, petrol, asphalt, smoke, cream, earth, flint, slate.

 

Gewurztraminer
{ga-VURTZ-trom-in-er}
Aromatic floral nose, delicate straw yellow color and a clean, spicy finish.
Also look for: apple, pear, cloves, cinnamon, honeysuckle, geranium, pepper, orange, earth, anise, smoke, sauerkraut, pine, nutmeg, mace.

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