White Wine Cheat Sheet: 8 Varieties You’ve Got to Try

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White Wine Cheat Sheet: 8 Varieties You’ve Got to Try

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August 12 2020

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Ever wanted to learn more about wines but weren’t sure where to start? The Wine & Spirit experts at Hy-Vee have are here to help! They’ve created this handy cheat sheet to answer your wine questions and encourage you to explore these much-loved offerings (many of which can be purchased through Hy-Vee Aisles Online).

For more wine tips & recipes, visit our Wine Guide. Bottoms up!

  1. Sauvignon Blanc

    Pronounced: soh-vin-YOHN blahngk

    What a wine expert would say: "A light to medium body, medium-high acidity and moderate alcohol.”

    What your wine buddy would say:  "Enjoy bright, fresh flavors of melon, citrus and green apple. Some have herbal hints.”

    Goes great with:

    • Fish, chicken or pork
    • Grilled asparagus
    • Chèvre (goat) cheese

    Chill: 2 hours in refrigerator before opening. Once opened, enjoy within 2 to 4 days.

    Great Bottle Around $10: Matua Sauvignon Blanc

    Great Bottle Around $30: Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc

    Also try: Sea Pearl Sauvignon Blanc

  2. Riesling

    Pronounced: REE·sluhng

    What a wine expert would say: “A light-bodied wine— some sweet, some dry—with a strong floral aroma."

    What your wine buddy would say: “Bright & citrusy. Tastes like fruit nectar; has a crisp, clean finish.”

    Goes great with:

    • Indian, Thai or Chinese cuisine
    • Earthy flavors like mushroom sauce

    Chill: 20 minutes in refrigerator before opening. Once opened, enjoy within 5 to 7 days.

    Great Bottle Around $10: Kung Fu Girl Riesling

    Great Bottle Around $30: A to Z Riesling

    Also try: Yalumba Y Series Dry Riesling

  3. Chardonnay

    Pronounced: shaar·duh·NEI

    What a wine expert would say: “Dry, medium- to full- bodied wine; smooth & creamy mouthfeel with a crisp finish.”

    What your wine buddy would say: “Unoaked has floral and citrus flavors; oaked has vanilla and caramel notes.”

    Goes great with:

    • Unoaked—crab cakes and risotto
    • Oaked—pizza & Parmesan chicken

    Chill: 2 hours in refrigerator before opening. Once opened, enjoy within 5 to 7 days

    Great Bottle Around $10: Josh Chardonnay

    Great Bottle Around $30: Rombauer Chardonnay

    Also try: Cupcake Butterkissed Chardonnay

  4. Sparkling

    Pronounced: SPAAR·kuh·luhng

    What a wine expert would say: Dry and zesty wines made with non- aromatic grapes like Chardonnay.

    What your wine buddy would say: “Apple and pear flavors, accented by citrus spice and nutty caramel notes.”

    Goes great with:

    • Caesar salad
    • Fried chicken
    • Crab cakes
    • Brie cheese

    Chill: 2 hours in refrigerator before opening. Once opened, enjoy within 3 to 5 days

    Great Bottle Around $10: Freixenet

    Great Bottle Around $30: Roederer Estate Brut Sparkling

    Also try: Chandon Brut

  5. Rosé

    Pronounced: ro·SAY

    What a wine expert would say: “Made from red grapes but fermented in less time for pink hue and lighter flavor.”

    What your wine buddy would say: “Fruity rosés have strawberry, cherry, citrus and watermelon notes.”

    Goes great with:

    • Ham, chicken or roast beef
    • Burgers & hot dogs
    • Picnic fare

    Chill: 1 hour in refrigerator before opening. Once opened, enjoy within 5 to 7 days

    Great Bottle Around $10: Cupcake Rosé

    Great Bottle Around $30: Fleur de Mers Rosé

    Also try: Apothic Rosé

  6. Pinot Grigio

    Pronounced: pee-noh GREE-joe

    What a wine expert would say: “A crisp, light-to medium-bodied wine with moderate acidity.”

    What your wine buddy would say: “Mild flavor reminiscent of peach, citrus or ripe apple and pear.”

    Goes great with:

    • Seafood and poultry
    • Mediterranean dishes
    • Picnic fare

    Chill: 2 hours in refrigerator before opening. Once opened, enjoy within 5 to 7 days.

    Great Bottle Under $10: Dark Horse Pinot Grigio

    Great Bottle Under $30: Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio

    Also try: Ecco Domani Pinot Grigio

  7. Moscato

    Pronounced: muh·SKAA·tow

    What a wine expert would say: “Has light body, low acidity and a touch of sweetness.”

    What your wine buddy would say: “Fruit-filled flavors that range from pear and apple to orange, lime and peach.”

    Goes great with:

    • Fruit tarts
    • Fresh berries
    • Biscotti & lemon-poppyseed cakes

    Chill: 30 to 40 minutes before opening. Once opened, enjoy within 2 to 5 days

    Great Bottle Around $10: Stella Rosa Moscato

    Great Bottle Under $30: Marco Negri Moscato

    Also try: Luccio Moscato D' Asti

  8. Gewϋrztraminer

    Pronounced: geh-VERTZ-tra-MEE-ner

    What a wine expert would say: “Similar to Moscato with higher alcohol content; full-bodied with complex aromas.”

    What your wine buddy would say: “Fresh and vibrant with fruit and spice notes; has light sweetness for balance.”

    Goes great with:

    • Moroccan chicken tagine or Korean BBQ chicken wings
    • Munster cheese and chicken wings

    Chill: Overnight before opening. Once opened, enjoy within 3 to 5 days

    Great Bottle Around $10: Starling Castle Gewϋrztraminer

    Another Great Bottle Around $10: Fetzer Gewϋrztraminer

    Also try: Chateau St. Michelle Gewϋrztraminer