Definition - What does White Wine mean?
Produced through alcoholic fermentation of non-colored grape pulp, white wine is treated to maintain a transparent yellowish-green color. However, white wine has distinct color variations that include shades of straw-yellow, yellow-gold or light green.
Different white wine styles are produced using multiple unique grape varieties, winemaking methods, and residual sugar ratios. Besides its characteristic flavor, white wine is used in gastronomical development due to its acidity, aroma and ability to soften meat and deglaze cooking juices. The most common white wine is the aromatic and tangy dry white wine and is derived from complete fermentation of the wort.
WineFrog explains White Wine
White wine has been known to exist for at least 2,500 years. Since the grapes used to produce white wine are of the common green and yellow varieties, white wine can be produced anywhere grapes can be grown. White wine also holds its own linkages, especially when it comes to food. Although personal palates determine preferred food and wine pairing, the rule of white wine being paired with white meat is still widely practiced, although in recent years, this rule has slowly been eliminated, giving whit wine a far larger pairing range.
Ranging from well-known varietals like the Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Riesling to more-obscure multi-varieties of Tokay, Sherry and Sauternes, white wine has inspired laureates, artists and musicians alike. It is the perfect aperitif during meals, being lighter, more refreshing in both taste and style. This makes white wine especially suited for summer and spring and for eating with fatty foods, as its crisp flavor is refreshing and its acidity cuts through fat.