Best White Wine Brands for Occasions

the best white wine

There's nothing like a great white wine. Whether you're pairing it with a sumptuous entrée, enjoying it with a fantastic tapa, or simply sipping it on the porch with friends, the best white wine is always the one that tastes perfect for the occasion. It doesn't matter whether you're into the oaky butter of a Chardonnay, the citrusy crispness of a sauvignon blanc, or the refreshing spiciness of a Gewurztraminer, there's no shortage of great white wines out there.

The problem for most of us seems to be deciding which wine goes perfectly with our menu or the occasion at hand. In an effort to make decision making simpler, we did the homework for you. Read on for our favorites list of the best white wine of 2019.

Tasting the Best White Wine

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If you've never taken part in a wine tasting, there are a couple of basic points to remember. Specifically, The 5 S's which are See, Swirl, Sniff, Sip, and Savor. Essentially, you are observing the color of the wine in the glass, swirling the wine to aerate it and watch the "legs", or how it rivers down the inside of the glass, smelling the aroma, taking a sip, then savoring it slowly in your mouth to completely experience all the nuances of the wine's flavors.

In the case of white wines, a more golden color is usually indicative of higher levels of oak being used in the winemaking process. Swirling not only aerates the wine but also allows it to cover more of the glass, so it's easier to detect the aromas. Legs that take longer to trail down the insides of the glass after swirling are indicative of higher sugar or alcohol content in the wine. Finally, smaller sips that can be swirled in the mouth allow you to experience not just the initial flavors somewhat driven by the scent aromatic, but also how the taste changes after being fully oxygenated and any flavors or "mouth-feel" you may taste after swallowing the sip.

Deeply beyond the tasting notes are the grapes themselves. From Sauvignon blanc, which was crossed with cabernet franc to create the noble grape of Cabernet Sauvignon, to Chenin Banc, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, and Viognier, these grape varietals produce some of the world's favorite wines for dining or just relaxing.

For the purposes of our review, we focused on the components of aroma and flavor. Obviously, favorites of these components are subjective to the taster, so take our notes and make your own conclusions while enjoying.

2 glasses of white wine

What We Reviewed

  • Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc
  • Muirwood Chardonnay Reserve Zanetta
  • Alamos Torrontes
  • Bougrier 'V' Vouvray
  • Gazela Vinho Verde
  • Grey Rock Sauvignon Blanc Reserve
  • Mulderbosch Sauvignon Blanc
  • Armani Pinot Grigio Corvara
  • Cavit Pinot Grigio
  • Buttercream Chardonnay
  • Henri Bourgeois Sancerre Les Barrones
  • Leeuwin Chardonnay Margaret River Art Series
  • Yalumba Viognier South Australia The Y Series
Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc

Wine Region

Cloudy Bay vineyards are located in Wairau Valley on the northern coast of Marlborough county in New Zealand. This area is known for its loamy, gravel soil, and cool, dry climate.

Tasting Notes

This sauvignon blanc's aromatics have light notes of peppery fruit and citrus, that give way to tastes of grapefruit, zesty citrus, and grassy herbals with an acidic, dry finish.

Pairing Suggestions

This wine pairs well with poached salmon, asparagus with balsamic vinaigrette, and herbed goat cheese.

Muirwood Chardonnay Reserve Zanetta

Wine Region

The Muirwood vineyards are located in the Monterey County region of the California coast of the United States. This region is well-known for its loamy oceanic topsoil with a porous limestone base.

Tasting Notes

This Chardonnay boasts aromas of buttery oak and stone fruit. On the palette, it has flavors of apple, pear, citrus, and caramel, with a smooth oaky finish.

Pairing Suggestions

This wine pairs well with smoked salmon, shellfish, vegetable risotto, and clothbound cheddar.

Alamos Torrontes

Wine Region

Alamos Vineyards is an extension of the Catena family winery in Salta, a northwest region of Argentina. This mountainous region of Argentina is filled with coarse loamy sand soil that self-irrigates due to melting snow runoff from the higher elevations.

Tasting Notes

Torrontes is the only wine grape native to Argentina. This vintage earned its best white wine designation due to its floral aromas of jasmine and orange. Its taste is dry and crisp, with flavors of herbs and tropical fruit.

Pairing Suggestions

This wine pairs well with Asian salads, stir-fried cuisine, and asiago cheese.

Bougrier 'V' Vouvray

Wine Region

The Famille Bougrier winery is located in the Loire Valley region of France, which is known for its tendency to spring frosts and its cool, damp climate.

Tasting Notes

The Bougrier ‘V' Vouvray is a lightly sparkling Chenin Bblanc. It has aromas of stone fruit and floral, and tastes of lemongrass, honey, and apricot, with a crisp, slightly buttery finish.

Pairing Suggestions

Pair this wine with broiled fish, shellfish, camembert cheese, and fruity desserts.

Gazela Vinho Verde

Wine Region

The Gazela winery is located in the Minho region of Portugal, which is located along the Spanish border by the Minho river, and comprised of granite-based soil at or slightly above sea level.

Tasting Notes

The slight fizziness of this new favorite wine stimulates the palette and boasts tastes of green apple and tropical fruit with a crisp dry finish.

Pairing Suggestions

Pair this wine with seafood alfredo, goat cheese crepes, or baked fruit à la mode.

Grey Rock Sauvignon Blanc Reserve

Wine Region

Grey Rock is located on the north island of New Zealand in the Hawkes Bay region of the islands and is one of the oldest regions of winemaking in the New Zealand area.

Tasting Notes

The Grey Rock Reserve Sauvignon Blanc has sweet aromatic tropical notes, with tastes of citrus, grapefruit, and a touch of sea salt.

Pairing Suggestions

This wine is excellent with chicken or pork satay, garlic sauteed spinach, or brie with apricot preserves.

Mulderbosch Sauvignon Blanc

Wine Region

Mulderbosch is a vineyard in the Stellenbosch region of South Africa, an area that, due to extremely old geological formations and weathering, boasts some of the oldest clay-based soils on the planet.

Tasting Notes

This sauvignon blanc, one of our best white wines of the year, is fruity and citrusy on the nose, with the flavors of crisp, tart berries and citrus in the mouth.

Pairing Suggestions

This wine pairs well with oysters, fish, sauteed zucchini, and derby cheese.

Armani Pinot Grigio Corvara

Wine Region

The Albino Armani vineyard is located in the Valdadige wine region of Italy. This region is comprised of volcanic and limestone clay soil, which gives the grapes their minerality and acidic properties.

Tasting Notes

This sumptuous pinot grigio has aromas of citrus and vanilla, and it tastes of apple and pear with a light note of fresh herbs. It has a clean, slightly honeyed finish.

Pairing Suggestions

Try pairing this wine with duck ragu, vegetable lasagna, or asiago fresco.

Cavit Pinot Grigio

Wine Region

The Cavit winery is located in Trentino, Italy, a northern region of Italy noted for its picturesque landscape of mountains and lakes. The soil in this region is comprised mainly of volcanic soil and clay and is ideal for grape growing.

Tasting Notes

One of our best white wine picks of 2019; this pinot grigio is typical of Italian pinot grigios with a light citrus aroma and a balanced fruity taste with a slightly honeyed finish.

Pairing Suggestions

We suggest pairing this wine with chicken alfredo, vegetable risotto, or ricotta cheese.

Buttercream Chardonnay

Wine Region

Buttercream Chardonnay, one of our best white wine picks, is a product of Plata Wine Partners that boasts vineyards throughout coastal California on the western coast of the United States.

Tasting Notes

Oak and stone fruit fill the aromas of this Chardonnay. The taste is luscious oaky butter with notes of vanilla, spice, apple, and pear.

Pairing Suggestions

Try pairing this wine with roasted chicken, portabello mushrooms, or baked brie.

Henri Bourgeois Sancerre Les Barrones

Wine Region

The Bourgeois family winery is located in the Loire Valley region of France, an area known for its limestone-clay soil that incorporates components of flint and fossilized shells, which give the wine grapes flavors of exotic fruits and hints of smoky minerality.

Tasting Notes

Sancerre is usually known as a dryer version of sauvignon blanc, due to its vinting in the Sancerre growing region of France versus other areas of the world. This particular Sancerre has lovely aromas of flint and white flowers, with flavors of lively citrus, gooseberry, and herbal nuances.

Pairing Suggestions

This wine pairs well with raw shellfish, sushi, lobster risotto, and herbed brie.

Leeuwin Chardonnay Margaret River Art Series

Wine Region

The Margaret River region of southwestern Australia is known for its maritime-influenced temperatures and its gritty loamy soil which is highly permeable when moist.

Tasting Notes

This Chardonnay has a fresh and slightly minerally aroma, which give way to tastes of nutty grapefruit and pear.

Pairing Suggestions

Try this wine with salmon, tuna, snapper, grilled chicken or pork, and chevre.

Yalumba Viognier South Australia The Y Series

Wine Region

The Barossa region of South Australia is home to vines that range from newly planted to vines that lifespan over three centuries, making it one of the most famous winemaking regions in Australia.

Tasting Notes

The Yalumba Y series Viognier is a dryer vintage with aromatic notes of toast and stone fruits while white peach and ginger tastes linger on its finish.

Pairing Suggestions

Pair this wine with seared mahi, pad thai, or aged pepper jack cheese.

The Best White Wine Available Today

While red wines tend to be viewed as the sexier vintages when it comes to wine drinking, white wines can still hold their own. From well-known options like a chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, or pinot grigio, to lesser-known up-and-coming varietals like a Portuguese Vinho Verde, Argentinean Torrontes, and French Vouvray, of the many white wines we took time to review, we believe that these are truly the best white wine varietals of the year.

Throughout the vintages, one-note holds true: they all are aromatic, delicious, pair well with a variety of dishes. When searching for the best white wine for your specific needs, one of these is highly likely to fit the bill. No matter whether you prefer the buttery smoothness of a Chardonnay, the crisp dryness of a pinot grigio, or something sexier like a Vinho Verde, Torrontes, or Vouvray, there is an option for every pairing and taste in the best white wine list.

Honestly, there is no way to rank one above the others in this instance. They are all incredibly spectacular in all areas. Take the opportunity to try them for yourself and enjoy them with a cheese plate, your favorite dish, or sitting and relaxing with friends. Happy sipping!
 

Danial Jones
 

Danial lives in the Rocky Mountains with his wife, a medium-sized dog, and an attack cat. Before he started writing wine fridge And cooler related articles, he experimented with various occupations: computer programming, dog-training etc. But his favorite job is the one he’s now doing full time — writing articles.

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