White wines can be dry, deliciously sweet or robust and are divided into a number of distinguished styles.
Light, dry wines such as Vinho Verde, Pinot Blanc, Muscadet are meant to be drunk young. They have no barrel ageing and can be served well chilled and are great for everyday drinking, with or without a meal.
Medium-bodied to dry, full-bodied wines, such as Chablis, Graves, Pouilly Fumé, Sancerre, Pouilly-Fuissé have more structure and show the richness of tropical fruits. These wines can be matured in oak barrels or in the bottle and are an ideal accompaniment to richer fish dishes and seafood.
Other grape varieties, such as Pinot Grigio from Italy and Gewürztraminer from Alsace, produce particularly aromatic wines, which can be dry or semi-dry.
Semi-sweet to sweet wines, e.g. Lambrusco, Jurançon, Côtes de Bergerac, Sauternes are less suitable to be drunk with a starter and/or main course. They are the perfect match as an aperitif, with a nice piece of lemon cake, with blue cheeses such as Roquefort.
Tip: find and taste the wine you like; try a white wine from a lesser-known wine region or from a higher or lower price range. Degustation is about discovering the wine you enjoy and will continue to enjoy!