If you are a wine lover who prefers white wine over red wine, then you’re a rare bird. Maybe you find it hard to admit your passion for chilly, fruity white wine in a room full of red wine connoisseurs. Don’t worry: we feel you.
We love red wine, but we know that white wine has its own dignity and it must be respected. It’s refreshing, perfect for the summer and characterized by an incredible variety of flavors. It’s versatile and guarantees a well-rounded wine experience.
Join us in this journey to discover the types and characteristics of white wine, its benefits on health and to discover some of the best white wines you can taste.
Types and characteristics of white wine
If a red wine lover tells you that white wine tastes all the same, you can surprise your interlocutor by replying that there actually are at least four types of it:
- Dry: characterized by a very low sugar content, it’s fragrant and doesn’t require aging.
- Sweet: the sugar coming from the grapes is concentrated with different techniques, obtaining wines that range from slightly sweet to syrupy.
- Sparkling: it contains fermentation gases, responsible for the bubbles. It’s the perfect wine for toasts and celebrations – just think about Champagne or Prosecco!
- Fortified: it’s a kind of white wine which is added alcohol, it is usually sweet and aged for a long time.
The second thing you can reply is that, while red wine can be produced with red grapes only, white wine can be produced with either white or red grapes. In fact, in white wine production, the grape skins are separated from the juice before the fermentation, so they don’t release their color. Another good point for white wine…
The third reason to prove that white wines are not boring or flat is their wide range of flavors and aromas. They can be categorized in ten (that’s right!) groups: they go from fruity (citrus, stone or tropical), to herbaceous, floral or honey-like, to bitter, mineral, creamy and full-bodied. Some of them come directly from the grapes, others from the actual method involved in the production process, but they all contribute to the multifaceted white wine tasting experience.
White wine is not only about freshness and flavors, though, so let’s find out more.
5 benefits of white wine on health
We have already talked about the benefits of red wine. People don’t usually consider that white wine has benefits on health too.
Digging deeper though, we will show you that there are actually many a reason t to open a bottle of white.
- Drinking white wine (not red) is associated with better lung functionality.
- White wine contains less phenols than red wine, but its antioxidant capacity is comparable or higher to the one of red wine. This means that it can be considered equally good in preventing cancer and cardiovascular diseases.
- A moderate intake of white wine helps control blood glucose levels, even in people with diabetes.
- Drinking white wine and working out twice a week can lower cholesterol levels.
- If you’re on a weight-loss diet, you can derive 10% of the energy intake from white wine and it will be as effective as if you got that energy from juice. Of course, you should prefer a dry one, that is lower in sugar.
This gives you an idea on how white wine can positively affect health – if you drink it in moderation, which means one or two glasses per day.
More good reasons to love it!
Sardinian white wine: taste the best
When it comes to white wine, Italy is mainly known for Prosecco. Which is arguably an excellent product, but Italian white wines don’t end with Prosecco at all.
Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, one of the most prestigious international wine contests, expressly recognized the value of many Italian white wines during last edition.
Sardinian Vermentino is one of them, with Mattariga receiving a Gold Medal as a certificate of extremely high quality.
Vermentino grapes grow on the sunny and breezy hills of Sardinia and are rich in aromatic compounds. This wine is characterized by an intense and well-balanced flavor, with an aroma of fruit and citrus. If you taste a little bitterness too, it’s because of its high content of phenols
You can pair this Sardinian white wine with fish dishes, vegetables, white meat, soft cheese and pasta. Or you can enjoy a glass of cool Vermentino as an aperitif – close your eyes while you sip, and it will take you on a sandy beach kissed by a turquoise sea.
This is the magic of white wine… and these are all the good reasons why you should uncork a bottle right now!