Sweet or sparkling wine … White wine is often seen as a feminine wine, particularly popular with the ladies. But it is also a wine of character, whose wealth is undeniable.
To choose a white wine, one should be interested in the area of production and type of grape wine, which give the wine its characteristics, and the dishes to accompany the white wine.
One of the first reflexes in terms of matching food – white wine is combined with fish and shell fish. It is true that this is an effective alliance which brings out the flavors of the dishes. A dry white wine is favored with raw seafood; a dry wine a little more full-bodied goes well with cooked seafood. Fish in sauce perfectly match with semi-dry white wine or sweet white wine.
White wine is also used during cocktail hour; your guests will enjoy a dry white wine, like Sauvignon or a sweet wine like Coteaux du Layon or Muscat. We can also make a cocktail with a white wine from a simple kir to sophisticated marquisette or tsarine.
If you want to keep a certain etiquette of rules of wine service; avoid white wine with strong flavors which may lull the taste buds for the rest of the meal.
Temperature of the white wine.
Dry white wine, expressive, sour, like the Gros Plant, Sancerre, or Muscat, or from the Sauvignon grape variety (white wines of northern regions, in short), support a relatively cool temperature, between 9 and 11 degrees.
You can place the wine in the refrigerator 1 hour before you serve, in order to have it at 8 degrees. Rise it in temperature slowly in case you propose to have it as an appetizer.
There are many varieties of vines and grapes that make up the production of white wine in France. Each of the major growing regions are characterized by the use of different varieties:
Alsace region produces excellent white wines, the grapes used are only found in that region and nowhere else in France ( These are the types of wines made: Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, Sylvaner).
Loire Valley: about 75% of the Loire production is made of white wine from Chenin Blanc grapes, Sauvignon, Melon de Bourgogne.
Languedoc-Roussillon: one makes sweet and sparkling white wines from the white grapes in the region, Clairette, Roussanne, Marsanne, Ugni Blanc, Bourboulenc.
Côtes du Rhône region produces a variety of white wine grapes, Clairette, Grenache Blanc, Ugni Blanc.
Burgundy: the white grape used in this rich region is Chardonnay.
Bordeaux region of the Entre Deux Mers dry white or sweet wine Sauternes, it highlights white varieties Semillon and Sauvignon.
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