Serving white wine at the right temperature can be more important to getting the most out of a wine than just about any other factor. Serving white wine that's too warm or too cold can make even the best wine taste bad while mediocre wines can really shine if you hit just the right temperature spot. The basic rule of thumb is to serve white wines at lower temperatures and red wines at slightly higher temperatures. Sparkling wines are served the coldest while ports and fortified wines are served the warmest.
It's easier to appreciate and understand the tastes of white wines if you are familiar with the sorts of flavors normally associated with white wines. The flavors and aromas people identify in a wine are not precise, because no one adds honey, pear, or vanilla to wine while making it. Instead people identify flavors and aromas based on what they are reminded of while tasting the wine. This is why it helps to know what you might be looking for by being familiar with white wine flavors and aromas.
Choosing a good white wine isn't helpful if you serve it poorly. Good wines can be undermined by being served poorly while mediocre wines can really shine if served correctly. Knowing how to best serve white wines depends most upon the choice of wine glass and the temperature of the wine. The correct temperature allows the wine's flavors and aromas to come out best without being overpowered by acidity or alcohol. The correct wine glass allows you to best experience those flavors and aromas.
There are many different types of white wine, each with their own characteristic flavors and aromas. Learning how these varieties of white wine differ, and how their flavors, aromas, and other characteristics work, will help you pick the best white wines for any situation. Grape variety isn't the only influence on a wine's flavor, though, so you should also be familiar with the white wine styles — the different ways vintners create their white wines.
There are many different types of white wine, and each white wine has its own characteristic flavors and aromas. There are, however, common characteristics that allow us to talk about white wine as a general category. Knowing about white wines and white grapes generally will help you better understand and appreciate the wines you drink. It's a good idea to learn about the colors, styles, and characteristics common to white wines.