Whether you want a chilled white wine to sip on a sweltering afternoon or a smooth red wine to serve up with a scrumptious meal, here at WineMarket we’ve handpicked some of the finest red and white wine to suit any occasion.
Red and White Wine Difference
The most obvious difference between these two types of wine is of course the colour of the grapes used, as reds get their colour from the black grape skins they’re left to ferment with, whereas white wines are fermented without any skins or seeds.
There’s more to it than this, though, as some red grapes can be made into white wines and some white grapes can be made into reddish wines. One example of this is the sparkling white wine Blanc de Noirs, which is made with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes.
In general, red wines also have higher alcohol content and contain more tannin, which is the naturally occurring polyphenol that’s responsible for the dry mouth feeling you get when you drink certain red wines, or even other things like black tea and dark chocolate.
When to Drink Red vs White Wine
If you’re wondering whether red or white wine tastes better, the answer will depend not only on your personal preferences, but also on what you’re serving up with it.
As a general rule, red wines go best with red meat like beef and lamb, while white wines pair better with white meat like fish and chicken, although there are exceptions to this rule.
How to Serve Red and White Wine
Red wine generally tastes better when served at or just under room temperature, between 12 ˚C and 18˚C. White wine, on the other hand, is usually best when served slightly chilled between 7˚C and 12˚C.
There’s also a difference between red and white wine glasses, because believe it or not, serving your wine in the correct glass will make it taste better. Red wine glasses are usually larger with a wider opening, whereas white wine is usually served in smaller bowled glasses.