Exploring White Wine Styles

By Ava Brown, March 26, 2015

Is there a drink more suitable for parties, birthdays, get-together with friends and/or family, than a white wine. If you are a passionate white wine lover, you surely know the style that best matches the occasion, whether fruity, full-bodied, rich in aroma and flavour or dry white wines. However, if you are new to white wines, it is never too late to learn more and enrich your wine knowledge. To help you get on the right track, we have compiled a list of different white wine styles. Most prevalent are: light and crisp, fruity and off dry white wines, aromatic and flavourful, full body and rich.


Light & Crisp – Fresh and invigorating, these wines are famous for their crisp acidity and quenching character. They are social sippers and food friendly and often feature the notes of citrus, green herbs and sometimes, green apple. In case you didn’t know, it is acidity that contributes to tangy crisp refreshing flavour as it balances sweetness, just like a lemon.
Light and crisp dry white wines , such as Chardonnay, dry Riesling and Pinot Grigio, pair perfectly with appetizers, light chicken dishes, pasta and seafood.

Fruity & Off Dry White Wines – Fruit aromas and flavours and sweetness balanced by pleasant acidity, is what will make you fall in love with fruity & off dry white wines. Most common notes are ripe apple, peach, juicy melon and citrus, what makes thesewhite wines a perfect match to spicy curry, Thai or Chinese dishes. Best choices are Riesling, semi dry Riesling, Muscat and Vidal.

Aromatic & Flavourful – Being bold and exotic fruit-flavoured, these white wines are a true show stoppers. Aromatic and flavourful white wines have personality to spare due to thrillingly intense and floral aromas. Loaded with lychee, mango, papaya and even melon and cantaloupe notes, these wines pair perfectly with sea bass, baked salmon, pork and cured meat. Top choices are Sauvignon Blanc, Gewürztraminer, Muscat and Torrontes.

Full-Bodied & Rich – These flavourful white wines have luxurious texture, usually described as “buttery”, which is why they pair great with food rich in taste, flavour and calories. These full-bodied wines often feature hazelnut, vanilla and spicy taste. Try the white Burgundy, Chardonnay, some white blends or Pinot Gris as these match perfectly with lobster with butter, roasted turkey, cream sauces and poached salmon.