Why is dry white wine so popular?

Loaded with flavour, fragrant and satisfying, dry white wine is one of the most popular tipples on the planet. But what is it about this vino that makes so many of us choose it as an accompaniment to dinner, on nights out and as an everyday wine?

White wine's secret of success

What’s the secret of dry white wine’s success

Apart from being very sophisticated and palatable, dry white wine is incredibly versatile. A recent blind wine study, published by the Journal of Food Science, found that most participants preferred white wine as an accompaniment to cheese as opposed to red. White wine is also light enough to go with most meals. The delicate undertones complement and enhance the flavours of a wide range of dishes so it is a safe bet even for those new to the wine world. There are so many variations of dry white wine that finding one you like is pretty easy, and it can be great fun if you go to wine tasting events too!

Dry white wines variations to taste

Dry white wine variations

There are several types of dry white wine available. Sauvignon Blanc, Albariño, Chardonnay and Muscadet are all very dry white wines. They have only 4g per litre of residual sugar. However, this allows the fruity flavours to come through and gives it a crisp, satisfying taste. Medium dry white wine is slightly sweeter than the dry variety, and it contains up to 12g per litre of residual sugar, while still retaining the crisp taste that’s typical of dry white wine. Pinot Grigio, Gewürtztraminer and Champagne are all medium dry whites. While Sauvignon Blanc complements light foods like halibut and lemon, champagne is wonderful with salty foods, and Chardonnay pairs well with rich foods and buttery sauces. If you are a fan of fiery foods then a spicy bottle of Gewürtztraminer is an ideal choice. With so many variations available, it is easy to see why dry white wine is so popular. Now all you need to do is decide which one to start with!