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White wine is always in the background, which does not give it the prominence it deserves. But white wine has a range of characteristics and a touch of complexity that other wines do not have. White wines can age for years and be spectacular. They can be versatile in taste and style to suit at any occasion and time of the year and, if you choose the right ones, they can be paired with even the most elaborate meals from beginning to end. So why not take a look at our white wine selection and discover all the secrets and sensations they contain.

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San Valentin 2019

A semi-sweet white with aromatic intensity and moderate alcohol content

Spain   D.O. Catalunya (Catalonia)

San Valentin 2019
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Enate Chardonnay 234 2020

A fresh, unctuous white with hints of ripe white fruit and exotic fruits

Spain   D.O. Somontano (Aragón)

Enate Chardonnay 234 2020
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Price £9.69
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Albariño de Fefiñanes 2020

Versatility and plenty of class

Spain   D.O. Rías Baixas (Galicia)

Albariño de Fefiñanes 2020
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José Pariente Verdejo 2020

A quality Verdejo from one of the leading wineries in Rueda

Spain   D.O. Rueda (Castilla y León)

José Pariente Verdejo 2020
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Enate Gewürztraminer 2020

An aromatic, fresh and elegant wine

Spain   D.O. Somontano (Aragón)

Enate Gewürztraminer 2020
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Price £11.63
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Louro 2019

With the full Valdeorras potential and elegance

Spain   D.O. Valdeorras (Galicia)

Louro 2019
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Gramona Gessamí 2020

Elegant and silky floral explosion

Spain   D.O. Penedès (Catalonia)

Gramona Gessamí 2020
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El Coto 875m 2019

The highest wine on lees Chardonnay in Rioja

Spain   D.O.Ca. Rioja (La Rioja)

El Coto 875m 2019
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Faustino V Blanco 2019

An expressive young white from Rioja

Spain   D.O.Ca. Rioja (La Rioja)

Faustino V Blanco 2019
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Terras Gauda 2020

Intensely Albariño

Spain   D.O. Rías Baixas (Galicia)

Terras Gauda 2020
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Mara Martín 2020

Freshness and serenity

Spain   D.O. Monterrei (Galicia)

Mara Martín 2020
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Viña Muriel Reserva Blanco 2013

Spain   D.O.Ca. Rioja (La Rioja)

Viña Muriel Reserva Blanco...
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Jean Leon 3055 Chardonnay 2020

Jean Leon's coolest and most hedonistic white wine

Spain   D.O. Penedès (Catalonia)

Jean Leon 3055 Chardonnay 2020
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Mar de Frades Albariño 2020

A delicate Albariño that is fresh and citric, with a salty character

Spain   D.O. Rías Baixas (Galicia)

Mar de Frades Albariño 2020
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Campo Viejo Blanco 2019

A white with a Riojan personality and aromas

Spain   D.O.Ca. Rioja (La Rioja)

Campo Viejo Blanco 2019
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Cullerot 2019

An unmissable Valencian white

Spain   D.O. Valencia (Valencia)

Cullerot 2019
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Lolo 2020

Fresh, young and daring

Spain   D.O. Rías Baixas (Galicia)

Lolo 2020
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Ramón do Casar Treixadura 2019

A Treixadura wine from the winery's best vineyards

Spain   D.O. Ribeiro (Galicia)

Ramón do Casar Treixadura 2019
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Can Sumoi Xarel·lo 2020

Natural Xarel·lo from Pepe Raventós’ most personal project

Spain   D.O. Penedès (Catalonia)

Can Sumoi Xarel·lo 2020
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A Teixa Blanco 2017

Spain   D.O. Ribeiro (Galicia)

A Teixa Blanco 2017
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Martín Codax Albariño 2020

Young and bright Albariño from Salnés

Spain   D.O. Rías Baixas (Galicia)

Martín Codax Albariño 2020
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Faustino VII Blanco 2019

Smooth Viura white full of Riojan typicity

Spain   D.O.Ca. Rioja (La Rioja)

Faustino VII Blanco 2019
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O Luar do Sil Godello 2020

The purity of the Godello variety

Spain   D.O. Valdeorras (Galicia)

O Luar do Sil Godello 2020
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Ultreia Godello 2019

A fragrant and enveloping signature white

Spain   D.O. Bierzo (Castilla y León)

Ultreia Godello 2019
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Della Staffa Litrò Bianco 2019

Light, fragrant and persistent

Italy   IGP Umbria (Umbria)

Della Staffa Litrò Bianco 2019
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Mirianius 2018

A happy, deep Xarel·lo with beautiful notes

Spain   D.O. Penedès (Catalonia)

Mirianius 2018
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Txomin Etxaniz 2020

Fresh vivacity and sparkling joy

Spain   D.O. Getariako-Txakolina (Basque Country)

Txomin Etxaniz 2020
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Basa 2019

A fresh and honest white wine from Telmo Rodríguez

Spain   D.O. Rueda (Castilla y León)

Basa 2019
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Alba Martín 2020

Albariño with a young and fresh character made by Martín Códax

Spain   D.O. Rías Baixas (Galicia)

Alba Martín 2020
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Ramón do Casar 2020

A great Galician white wine that never disappoints

Spain   D.O. Ribeiro (Galicia)

Ramón do Casar 2020
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Gaba do Xil Godello 2019

An expressive and bright Godello

Spain   D.O. Valdeorras (Galicia)

Gaba do Xil Godello 2019
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White wine production

White wine is made in such a way that means either white or red grapes can be used. This is why there are blanc de blancs and blanc de noirs, with most in the first group. Both are produced in a similar way. The main difference is that those made with red grapes must not be macerated with the grape skins, because that would produce a rosé or red wine instead of a white. The blanc de blancs can go through a light maceration to give the wine more body and varietal aromas.

Firstly, to make the must, the grapes can be destemmed and then pressed or simply pressed whole with the stalks. The latter method provides higher quality white wine. Then, for a clean fermentation, free from unwanted aromas, the must is racked, keeping it at a low temperature in isothermal tanks to get rid of all impurities, residue and sediment. Once the must is clean, it is ready to ferment. Fermentation can be carried out in various types of containers: stainless steel tanks, foudres, barrels and amphoras, with stainless steel being the most widely used.

Another important factor that differentiates white wine production from that of reds is temperature control. In general, white wines are expected to be fresh and fruity, whereas these characteristics are not usually as important in reds, if they are not young and intended for rapid consumption. This is why white wine usually ferments at a relatively low temperature, at around 15-17ºC. This low temperature during fermentation is what creates and preserves the grape’s fruity aromas.

Once the wine is fermented, it can be aged on its lees to give it more complexity and creaminess. Finally, before bottling, it is stabilised and filtered to different extents depending on the producer.

White wine history

People say there is proof that white wine was already being made more than 7,500 years ago in modern day Iran. It is also thought to have been made in Mesopotamia and different parts of the Middle East. Later the Greeks and the Romans also cultivated vines. They were responsible for spreading production throughout the Mediterranean. It was mostly red wine being produced, but there is evidence that white wine was also made. Then, following the fall of the Roman Empire, the Catholic Church was in charge of maintaining the vineyards as well as preserving and expanding the knowledge of viticulture. It was not until the modern era and the industrial revolution that white wine became available to everyone. Advances in technology and understanding of microbiology made it possible to produce more and make white wine available to most people.

White wine classification

Generally speaking, white wine can be classified by different criteria. By type of grape used, by sugar content or by production and aging methods:

By grape type:

This classification is in place because grape varieties can also be classified by the quantity and intensity of their aromatic components. Just like we distinguish between neutral and aromatic grapes, white wines can also be classified this way.

Neutral wines: made with neutral grapes. However, if they are young wines they can give off fresh and fruity aromas generated during fermentation. Some examples of neutral grapes are: Chardonnay, Macabeo, Garnacha Blanca, Airén.

Aromatic wines: made by the vinification of aromatic grapes. The most aromatic grapes are those in the Muscat group. Other aromatic grapes are the Albariño, Malvasía, Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Godello and Sauvignon Blanc.

By sugar content:

-Dry:

-Off-dry: 5 to 15 gr / l.

-Semi-dry: 15 to 30 gr / l.

-Semi-sweet: 30 to 50 gr / l.

-Sweet: >50 gr / l.

By production or aging method:

-Young wines: white wines that have not been aged. These are usually fresh and fruity with a good aromatic intensity. They are meant to be enjoyed straight away, but some do develop very well in the bottle over time.

-Barrel-fermented or barrel-aged wines: after fermentation the wine ages in a barrel. During this time, the wine gains complexity, body and tertiary aromas, like toasted, caramelised and mellow aromas.

-Wines aged on lees: This can be done in all kinds of containers. Aging on lees involves leaving the wine in contact with some of the yeasts from the fermentation process to give the liquid body, structure and creaminess.

Fortified wines: these are wines that have been through oxidative or biological aging and topped up with wine alcohol. Sherry wines are the most well-known in this group.

Leading white wine producers

There are many Spanish producers we could talk about. In fact, 49% of Spanish vineyards are planted with white varieties. There are many producers using these grapes to make really interesting wines. Here are a few examples:

Martín Códax and their Albariños, and the wines from Pazo de Señorans in Rías Baixas, Galicia. José Pariente with his Verdejos and Sauvignon Blanc from Rueda, and Menade. Garnacha Blanca wines from LaFou in Terra Alta, and Bàrbara Forés. There is the white Muga from La Rioja and the floral Gessamí from Gramona as well as the Xarel·lo from Can Sumoi in Penedès.

From France it is worth mentioning Louis Latour, Joseph Drouhin and Louis Jadot and their creamy Burgundy Chardonnay. There is also the Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc by Francois Croche and Domaine Landron. The Riesling and Gewürztraminer wines from Alsace by Bott Geyl and Trimbach.

Finally, from Germany we should mention the Moselle Riesling by Dr. Loosen, Markus Molitor and A. J. Adam, and the fresh and floral wines by Pfalz Villa Wolf and Koehler Ruprecht.

White wine tasting and pairing

It is clear to see that white wines can be very diverse with many variables. This makes them very versatile, and means that depending on their style and characteristics, they can be perfectly paired with many different dishes or even enjoyed as an aperitif.

Generally, the most floral and fruity wines are perfect as aperitifs, or for enjoying with fish, seafood, rice and pasta, as well as more exotic oriental and spicy foods.

Finally, those that are creamier and with more body pair perfectly with oily fish and lightly cured cheeses, and the most structured whites can even handle chicken, turkey and other white meats.

So, we can see that white wines are complex and varied and can be paired with many different types of dishes and enjoyed on almost any occasion. Which would you choose?