White Wines

Chardonnay

Wide-ranging wines from the world’s top white grape: It’s hard not to love a Chardonnay—at least one Chardonnay—because the grape offers such a wide and delicious variety of options. You love a buttery, vanilla-tinged mouthful? You’ll love oak-aged Chardonnays. Prefer frisky, light and fresh? Go for the unoaked varieties. Like it bubbly? Chardonnay is the foundation of Blanc de Blancs Champagne as well.

Sauvignon Blanc

The greener white: And now for the Great White Grape – Sauvignon Blanc- literally the “Wild White.” Like its red cousin Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc is a solid, excellent performer across continents and styles, a grape that rarely goes wrong.

Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris

French, Italian and delicious all over: Pinot Grigio or Gris (both mean “gray,” to distinguish the grape from it’s darker, noir cousin) is most often a zesty, refreshing, citrusy white, with green notes of apple and lime dominant, and a pale lemon color. You’ll also find floral, mineral, and sometimes even saline notes in the wine. Most pinot gris/grigios are quite dry, with a high level of acid. (Although there are exceptions. More on that in a minute.)

Riesling

Robust, complex and misunderstood: The Riesling grape was born in Germany, and, like the Christmas tree and Easter Bunny—both German originals—it’s an unexpected surprise. Riesling is one of the 18 Noble Grapes, siring a variety of extraordinary white wines, mostly sweet German wines. (Riesling grapes are also grown in Austria, France and Washington state, but for the most part, when you think Riesling, you can think Germany.)

Gewurztraminer

A rare and lovely white: Gewurztraminer (you can try to pronounce it, but after a few glasses it might not matter) is an aromatic white wine varietal grape. It comes mainly from the Alsace region of France, is considered one of the 18 Classic Noble Grapes, and produces delicious, affordable wines.

Other Whites (Standard)

Teamwork that builds great wines: White wines are often more interesting, complex and challenging when blended than single grape (or “varietal”) wines. Like teams, where each player contributes specific strengths, blended wines offer the opportunity to build, rather than grow, greatness. White blends and “other whites” can present fabulous synergy in a bottle, often at a great value.