White Blends

Parents & Origin: Blend of white grapes (e.g. Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc)
Grape: Small, spherical, white-green skin
Flavors: Citrus, white fruit, dried fruit, apple and many others
Notable Regions: Worldwide

The History of White Blends

White wine has existed for over 2500 years. In this case, “white blend” refers to any white wine that contains more than one white grape varietal in the final product, though certain white blends can have their own designations as recognized wines despite comprising multiple grapes.

For much of the history of European winemaking, white blends were commonplace due to the practice of consolidating grapes from vineyards across a given area. One famous example of this practice can be found in White Bordeaux, which originated in the 18th or 19th century using grapes such as Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscadelle. Other white blends have since emerged throughout the world, though the category of wine has remained significantly overlooked compared to its red blend counterpart.

In addition to the popularity of red blends, white blends have also been overlooked due to a modern association with lower quality table wines. However, many high-quality wine producers elect to produce white blends, and these wines can in fact offer many unique and delicious flavors due to the winery’s ability to custom design their flavor profile. In recent years, white blends have been catching on quite rapidly as more attention is given to innovation in the winemaking arena.

White Blend Food Pairings

White blends vary in flavor, body, acidity, and alcohol content, but as a general guideline, they are most likely to pair with lighter dishes.

The Best White Blend Food Pairings

Compared to most red wines, the lighter body and lack of tannins found in white wine means that it is best suited for equally light dishes. Dry white blends pair wonderfully with fish, seafood, or even salad. Sweet white blends are great with fruit or dessert.

Food Pairings to Avoid with White Blends

The vast range of white blends means that with the right choice, there are very few foods to avoid. As a general rule, however, white wines are typically avoided with particularly rich or heavy dishes, including most red meat-based entrees.

White Blend Tasting Notes

White blends are prepared from a variety of white grapes, usually crushed and fermented individually before blending takes place. In the case of novel blends, finding the right combination often requires blending trials in which the winemaker tastes the wine and offers suggestions. Of course, traditional white blends can follow age-old recipes such as those of White Bordeaux, Sauternes, or White Rioja. Compared to most varietal whites, many white blends offer significant bottle aging potential. Flavors also vary, though in general most white blends will have notes of citrus and white fruit. As with any white wine, white blends are best served chilled.

Famous White Blends

White blends can be made with any combination of grapes, but there are several classic recipes that have stood the test of time. Here are just a few:

  • White Bordeaux is traditionally a blend of Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscadelle. This French blend is known for its history, aging potential, and sublime quality, offering flavors of nectarine with sweet apple notes. With age, White Bordeaux becomes richer, developing candied fruit, honey, and custard flavors.
  • Southern Rhone White Blend is originates in France’s Rhone region, where it combines a main grape of Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, or Viognier with a smaller amount of Marsanne, Ugni Blanc, Clairette, Bourboulenc and Picpoul Blanc. This wine is also produced internationally, with flavors of stonefruit, citrus, and spice.
  • White Rioja is a popular Spanish blend that contains Viura, Malvasio, Verdejo, and Garnacha Blanca, among others. It is known for its oaking ability, offering flavors of citrus and dried fruit.
  • Sauternes is a Bordeaux white that uses the same blend of Sémillon, Sauvignon blanc, and Muscadelle. In this case, however, the grapes have been affected by noble rot, giving the wine a sweet and luxurious flavor along with a high price tag.

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Our Selection of White Blends

  • France: Les Sonnailles Vin Blanc - For centuries, French winemakers have used the terroir—the way that soil, climate, and vineyard techniques combine—to produce sumptuous wines that convey a strong sense of place. Transport yourself to France with Les Sonnailles Blanc, a fresh and balanced white wine that melds classic French winemaking with exciting new grapes. Pour a glass and enjoy crisp notes of fruit that are sure to pair with your favorite meals and occasions.
  • France: 2017 Maison Gourmand Vin Blanc - This luxurious, full-bodied blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Loin de l’Oeil is made from grapes that were picked at perfect ripeness to showcase Southwest France’s incomparable terroir. 2017 Maison Gourmand Vin Blanc is fresh, harmonious, and fruity, with prominent citrus that makes it the perfect pairing for seafood. This wine hails from Southwest France, the Wine Enthusiast 2017 Wine Region of the Year, “…a hotbed of dynamic innovation and new wines” that “…has retained its roots and a history that stretches back into the origins of French winemaking.”
  • California: 2017 Mooncrest White Wine Blend - We’re over the moon for this smooth and floral California white blend with fun flavors of stone fruit and a peppy pop of citrus. Pour it at a party.
  • Spain: Casa Luna Corsica Blanc - Ile de Beauté wines hail from the island of Corsica, which is located in the Mediterranean Sea between Provençe and Tuscany. Corsica is under French control, but closer to Italy, and Casa Luna Blanc is a wonderful example of the island’s classic European wines. Made from 60% Vermentino and 40% Chardonnay, this estate-bottled white blend is a light yellow with silver and green tints in the glass. The nose offers a varied bouquet with notes of lime, clementine, pear, peach, and flowers, and a lovely touch of mint.
  • Spain: 2017 Marqués del Turia White Blend - Also known as Macabeo, Viura is a Spanish white grape known for its mild notes of peach and apple. Marques de Turia White Blend balances this mellow grape with zesty Sauvignon Blanc, giving this Valencia wine a good acidity and a citrusy pop. Serve it chilled with your favorite seafood and fish.

White Blends in a Nutshell

Since the dawn of winemaking, producers have been blending white grapes to produce exciting flavors beyond that which can be achieved with a single varietal. Often overlooked as cheap and low quality, modern wine enthusiasts have come to recognize the potential of a good white blend, whether from a classic recipe or a brand new mixture. It is difficult to generalize all white blends due to the immense variation between them, but be sure to keep them on your radar as a good bottle is sure to impress with the right pairing or occasion.

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