If you’re looking for a white wine that packs a flavourful punch but won’t break the bank, white blends are probably right up your street. They’re refreshing and fruity, and often more exciting and complex in flavour than varietal wines.
What is White Blend?
White blend is a catch-all category for any white wine that’s made from more than one type of white grape. Although instinctively you might think that varietal white wine would be of a better quality, this isn’t necessarily always the case.
Blending wine from two or more types of grapes can help bring out certain flavours and gives winemakers more control over the sweetness, acidity and alcohol levels in a wine.
The best way to serve a white blend depends on the style of wine you’re dealing with. Light sweet white blends and sparkling white blends are best when served nice and chilly at around 10˚C.Full-bodied dry white blends, on the other hand, can often be served at slightly higher temperatures around 15˚C.
Varieties of White Blend
White blends are produced all around the world and come in many different styles, from deliciously sweet dessert wines to glitzy sparkling wines. A few of the best known white blends include France’s White Bordeaux, Italy’s Soave, Spain’s Cava and White Rhône from France and the US.
Food Matching Recommendations
White blend wines are often great to enjoy on their own, but there are also plenty of white blends that make excellent food pairing wines.
Dry white blend wines like White Bordeaux can be paired with lighter dishes like fresh salad or seafood and fish dishes like crab and lobster or cod and halibut. If you want a white blend that will pair well with heartier dishes like fish stews, sautéed chicken or grilled pork chops, try a more mature White Rioja.