ceturtdiena, 2014. gada 18. septembris

White wine basics

Whith hundereds of varieties of white wine grapes, there is as much white wine information to learn as there are white wine grapes ever planted :D

* Chardonnay is versalite and popular, it grows all over the world. Young chardonnay is most likely to recall fresh green apples in smell and flavor. Depending upon the winemaker it can be crisp and stony, buttery and toasty ar fresh with green apple and citrus flavors.Chardonnay is green skinned grape, it originated in the Burgundy wine region of eastern france, but is now grown wherever wine is produced. The Chardonnay grape itself is very neutral, tends to be medium to light body with noticable acidity and flavors of green plum and appple as I already said :) Chardonnay is an important component of many sparkling wines, including champagne.
* Chenin blanc produces intensely floral, arometic, spicy wines that range from dry to decadently sweet. It's high acidity means it can be used to make everything from sparkling wines to well balanced dessert wines. In cool areas the juice is sweet but high in acid with a full body.
* Muscat. There are many varieties of muscat throughout the world, but they all are marked by a penetrating aroma of oranges. Their colors ranges from white, such as Muscat Ottonel, to yellow, such as Moscato Giallo, to pink, to near black. Muscat grapes and wines almost always have a pronounced sweer floral aroma.
* Pinot Blanc is similar to chardonnay, but lighter and more elegant, still it never acquired the cachet of reputation of its big brother Pinot Grigio. Bottles labeled Pinot Blanc offer fruity aromas, often of apple, citrus fruit and floral charasteristics.
* Pinot Grigio creates light, zippy, food friendly white wines that do not clobber the palate with oak and alcohol. The flavors of Pinot Grigio can range from ripe tropical fruit notes of melon and mango to some botrytis influenced flavors. In Italy Pinot Grigio grapes are often harvested early to retain the refreshing acidity and minimizesome of the overt fruitiness of the variety, creating a more neutral profile.
* Riesling ranges from dry and stony to floral and sweet, it's a white grape variety which originated in the Rhine region of Germaniy. Riesling is an aromatic grape variety displaying flowery, almost perfumed aromas as well as high acidity. I cool climates Riesling wines tend to exhabit apple and tree fruit notes with noticable levels of acidity that is sometimes balanced with residual sugar. A late rippening variety can develop more citrus and peach notes.
* Sauvignon Blanc does well in widely diverse parts of the world. It has become the benchmark whith wine of New Zearland, where the intensity of the green citrus and berry fruit flavors is predominant, producing a crisp, dry and refreshing white wines. Depending on climate, the flavor can range from aggresively grassy to sweetly tropical. In cooler climates, the grape has a tendency to produce wines with a noticable acidity and green flavors of grass and bell peppers. In warmer climates, it can develop more tropical fruit notes but risk loosing a lot of aromatics from aver ripeness, leaving only slight grapefruit notes. The wine is usually consumed young, as it does not particulary benefit from aging.
* Viognier is intensely aromatic and, when perfectly ripened, smells of apricots, peaches and citrus rid. As Chardonnay, Viognier has the potential to produce full bodied wines with a lush, soft character, it has natural aromatics of minerality also.

Hope You all will find Your favorite white wine :)
Enyoj the last warm evenings of summer with white wine and be ready for fall and winter with red ones :)

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