A Quick Guide To White Wine
White wine is the lighter, simpler opposite number of red wine, though it is no less dignified as a drink. White wine is actually straw-like in colour, as a result of the colours of the grapes from which they are fermented, and if those grapes are purplish, by removing the outer coverings prior to fermentation. The liquid that forms the wine is treated with yeast for a variable length of time. The yeast treatment can be halted in the middle to form sparkling or sweet wine, or brought to its final stage to make a dry wine. When fermentation is ended, the wine will be filtered, and then aged in vats for between one week to one year. In the end, the wine is steadied and treated before it gets poured into bottles.
White wines make fine beverages for more casual meals. This is because of their quality of being more revitalizing and less heavy in one's mouth than most red wines. Traditionally, white wines are paired with light dishes like cheeses and fish and consumed at temperatures of around 45 to 50 degrees F, which is relatively chilly. Because white wines are relatively light, they achieve fuller potential from being drunk in thinner glasses.
White wines also come from plenty of different regions across the globe, each of which has created its own original blends of wines. Chardonnay is one of the most popular types of wine grapes, cultivated plentifully in most wine-making regions. Chardonnay white wines are fairly rich and sport medium to high levels of acidity. Chenin Blanc, which hails from the Loire Valley of France, can also be discovered in many areas of California. Chenin Blanc white wines have higher than average acidity, and are generally flavored with hints of fruit. Gerwurztraminer may be hard to pronounce, but turns into a delightful wine from frostier climates. The name literally means "spicy", which is an apt adjective to explain this wine's sharp acidity and potent taste. Pinot Grigio is Italy's most renowned white wine, also harvested in France, and called Pinot Gris when grown in the United States. Riesling is a fantastic wine from Germany that has developed an undeservedly bad reputation because of the spreading of lackluster wines being presented as Rieslings.
White wine may be daunting at the beginning, but hopefully this knowledge will clear up some of the confusion and lead to your enjoyment of various whites.
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