White Wines

White WinesA basic theme is maintained throughout this website. The wine experience is based on many factors, and personal preferences make the experience unique.  The list below includes several common white wines, and some general information about the each. The regions shown are not all inclusive, but include the main places where the wine is produced. Aromas and flavors vary greatly, and depends on the production (ie. whether stored in steel or oak) and many other factors. The characteristics shown are general for that variety but can also vary depending on several factors. Views on aging of wines differ as well, and also depend on the quality of the wine.

Alberino / Alvarinho [Ahl-ber-ree-nyoh, Ahl-vah-ree-nyoh]

  • Regions – Spain, Portugal. Some in California and Australia.
  • Aromas/Flavors – Lime, Apple, Grapefruit, Almond, Grass
  • Characteristics – Light-bodied, high acidity
  • Aging – Not recommended.


Chardonnay [Shar-doe-nay]

  • Regions – France, California, New Zealand, England, Australia, most anywhere wine is produced.
  • Aromas/Flavors – Apple, Pear, Lemon, Lime, Orange, Peach, Pineapple, Mango, Butter, Cream,
  • Vanilla, Nuts, Oak, Smoke
  • Characteristics – Full-bodied, dry, high acidity.
  • Aging – 0 to 5 years, but 10 years or more for high quality, sweeter Chardonnay.


Chenin Blanc [Shenn-in blahnk]

  • Regions – France, South Africa, California, Australia, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Uraguay
  • Aromas/Flavors – Apple, Grass, Honey, Melon, Honeysuckle, Grass, Hay, Vanilla, Smoke
  • Characteristics – Very dry, Oily texture, high acidity.
  • Aging – 4 to 20 years, but as long as 100 years for high quality sweet wines.


Gewürztraminer [Geh-virtz-trah-mee-ner]

  • Regions – Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Canada, California, Oregon, Washington State, Michigan, Missouri, other USA regions.
  • Aromas/Flavors – Roses, Gardenia, Honeysuckle, Spice, Passionfruit, Grapefruit, Peach, Mango
  • Characteristics – Dry, very sweet, low to medium acidity, high alcohol content.
  • Aging – 2 to 4 years to 5 to 10 years for higher quality.


Muscat [Musk-aht]

  • Regions – Greece, France, Italy, Germany
  • Aromas/Flavors – Fresh Grapes, Peach, Rose, Coriander, Evergreen, Spices
  • Characteristics – Can be very sweet and high alcohol to light/bone dry and low alcohol.
  • Aging – 1 to 3 years.


Pinot Blanc [Pee-no-blahnk]

  • Regions – Italy, California, France, Germany, Austria,
  • Aromas/Flavors – Apple, Almond, Butter, Cream, Nuts, Vanilla, Slate, Smoke
  • Characteristics – Full-bodied, high acidity.
  • Aging – 4 to 5 years.


Pinot Grigio / Pinot Gris [Pee-noh-gree-zhee-oh, pee-noh-gree]

  • Regions – France, Italy, California, Oregon, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Argentina, South Africa, Germany, Greece, Hungary
  • Aromas/Flavors – Citrus, Pear, Apple, Lemon, Melon, Wildflowers, Vanilla
  • Characteristics – Medium to full-bodied, low acidity.
  • Aging – 4 to 10 years.


Riesling [Reece-ling]

  • Regions – Germany, New Zealand, South Africa, Australia, Austria, Canada, New York, California
  • Aromas/Flavors – Apple, Pear, Rose, Violet, Peach, Apricot, Gunmetal, Petroleum (aged)
  • Characteristics – Light-bodied, sweet, high acidity.
  • Aging – 2 to 20 years, but as long as over 100 years for high quality.


Sauvignon Blanc / Fume Blanc [so-vin-yon blahnk]

  • Regions – France, California, New Zealand, Chile, Brazil, Australia
  • Aromas/Flavors – Sour Apple, Melon, Black Pepper, Bell Pepper, Green Olive, Grass, Gooseberry, Lime, Grapefruit, Apricot, Vanilla, Cream, Toast
  • Characteristics – Dry, medium-bodied, high acidity.
  • Aging – 2 to 4 years.


Semillon [Seh-mee-yohn]

  • Regions – France, New Zealand, Chile, Argentina, South Africa, California, Washington State
  • Aromas/Flavors – Apple, Pear, Apricot, Lemon, Grass, Vanilla, Fig, Honey, Butter, Pineapple
  • Characteristics – Dry, low acidity, oily.
  • Aging – 6 to 15 years.


Torrontés [Tore-ahn-tays]

  • Regions – Argentina, Chile, New Zealand, Spain, Portugal
  • Aromas/Flavors – Peach, Grape,
  • Characteristics – Light-bodied, high acidity.
  • Aging – Not recommended.


Viognier [Vee-own-yay]

  • Regions – France. California, Australia
  • Aromas/Flavors – Grapefruit, Apple, Pair, Citrus, Peach, Apricot, Pineapple, Mint, Hay, Tobacco, Vanilla, Cream
  • Characteristics – Full-bodied, low acidity.
  • Aging – 2 to 5 years.