Get To Know White Wine

Whether you're planning to pour a sophisticated and buttery Chardonnay at the dinner table or need a light, bright and zesty white fit for a patio party, we can show you how diverse and delicious the spectrum of white wine really is.

We feature a range of varietals and blends with top sellers such as Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio to off-the-beaten path grapes like Vermentino or Muscadet. For the hardcore enthusiast who loves to discover niche wines, we even have Aligoté and Mauzac. Read on to discover more great white wines to try.

Chardonnay

Chardonnay is so popular it's the most planted white grape in the world. There are different profiles, but most bottles fall into one of two camps: creamy, buttery and oak-aged or dry, crisp and unoaked with an edge of minerality. Expect notes of orchard fruits, such as lemon, apple, pear and peach, and, when grapes are extremely ripe at harvest, a slight tropical tinge. Oak-aging adds a hint of vanilla, butterscotch and caramel. This food-friendly wine pairs with seafood and the lighter side of poultry.

Sauvignon Blanc

Known for its acidity and tart flavors, Sauvignon Blanc is a herbaceous white imbued with citrus, gooseberry, honeysuckle and even grass. It's characteristically light and refreshing, making it perfect for cocktail hour. It doesn't need food, but goes well with herb-driven dishes, zesty salads or spicier foods where the acid can break through. It's a critical part of Bordeaux white blends as winemakers leverage its acidity, citrus and white flower notes to make their wine more complex. Get to know this low tannin, high acidity wine that just zings!

Pinot Grigio

Pinot Gris? Pinot Grigio? Whatever you call this purple-skinned white grape believed to be a mutation of Pinot Noir, it results in wonderfully zesty white wines hugely popular for their refreshing, citrusy flavors. With hints of lemon, lime and occasional orchard fruits, such as apple or nectarine, Pinot Grigio is typically dry and may exhibit minerality, floral aromas and, on occasion, spice. It pairs well with lighter fare, so it's popular with salad and seafood-eating crowds. Serving a roasted cauliflower with Gryuère dish? This is the perfect sipper.

Moscato

This aromatic grape is famous for producing sweeter wines, so get your dessert course ready and uncork some Old World taste. Flavors range from tropical to floral—orange fruit to orange blossom—and lemon curd, pear or even honeysuckle can shine through. These wines can often be sparkling, whether frizzante or spumante, and are a delightful way to kick off an evening or conclude a meal with a well-paired dessert. We have both classical Italian Moscatos, French-flavored Moscatos and California-produced examples of this popular sweet wine.

White Wine Blends

The beauty of a blend is in the craftsmanship. Winemakers subtly adjust wine by combining grapes to achieve complexity. If you have sipped wine from Champagne or Bordeaux, the chances are great you have enjoyed a great blend. Champagne is typically made from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Petit Meunier. White Bordeaux blends are often a mix of Sauvignon Blanc, Semillion or even Muscadelle. The composition of Italian blends are entirely dependent on the region as Italy has more than 400 native varieties of grapes.