Dry white wine is a light, crisp and refreshing beverage that can be enjoyed at any time of the year. But how much do you really know about what makes dry white wine so special? This blog post will explore some things you might not have known about dry white wines including why they are healthier than other types of alcohol.
WHAT IS DRY WHITE WINE?
Dry white wine is made from grapes that have had their juice drained and fermented without the addition of sugars or sweeteners. Popular grape varieties used in producing dry white wines include Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Riesling and Chardonnay.
1. Why Do People Drink It?
Dry white wines are low in sugar and calories and are refreshing served over ice on a hot summer day. They also have the lowest carbohydrate content of any type of alcoholic beverage making them a healthier option than beer, sweet wine or cocktails.
Wine drinkers enjoy dry white wines because of their balanced flavor profile and zesty complexity. They tend to be less heavy on the palate than other types of wines and pair well with a wide variety of foods.
2. Why Don’t People Drink It?
People often do not like dry white wines because they can taste “acidy” or sour, but this is usually due to poor-quality grape varietals used during production. If you find yourself with a bottle that tastes like vinegar, try looking for another brand next time around as this variance in quality is something experienced by all types of wine drinkers.
DRY WHITE WINE NUTRITION FACTS
For most alcoholic beverages including red wine, there are no actual dietary requirements posted on bottle labels. This means people cannot know exactly how many calories or carbohydrates are in their drink unless they look up online information themselves.
Generally speaking, however, a typical serving (one glass) of a low-alcohol dry white wine has about 100 calories and one gram of carbohydrate. Other types of alcohol such as bourbon whiskey can have nearly 200 calories and 20 grams of carbohydrate in a small glass. This means dry white wine has fewer calories, carbs and sugar than all types of alcohol except light beer where the numbers are comparable.
Dry white wines are also much lower in sugar than sweet dessert wines like Moscato, Port or Sherry but have just as much if not more sweetness than popular choices such as champagne or prosecco.
WHAT DRY WHITE WINES SHOULD I TRY?
Most dry white wines can be enjoyed at any time of year but are especially good during the hotter months when ice cold water and lemonade lose their appeal. For those who like a crisp, light-bodied flavor, try Sauvignon Blancs such as those made in New Zealand’s Marlborough region.
For those who prefer a sweeter taste bold fruit flavors try Pinot Grigio from Italy. If you prefer a wine with hints of tropical fruits and flowers, try Riesling from Australia or Germany’s Mosel region.
THE ALCOHOL CONTENT IS IN A GLASS OF DRY WHITE WINE
A single serving of dry white wine has the same alcohol content as a similar serving of red wine. A standard glass contains about 5 fluid ounces (or 12 tablespoons) and one ounce of pure 100 percent alcohol is equivalent to a 3 percent ABV beverage.
This means a glass of dry white wine that measures 6 ounces by volume would contain approximately 1.5 percent ABV or 1.5 fluid ounces (4 tablespoons) + 3 tablespoons water = 5.5 oz total or about 17 grams of pure alcohol.
How Does It Affect You?
If you are 30-50 pounds overweight, then avoid drinking all types of alcoholic beverages but if this weight is normal for your body frame, then enjoy moderate servings (1 per day). People who weigh more than 50 pounds over their ideal weight should avoid all types of alcoholic drinks because of the sugar and caloric content.
What Are Some Other Facts About Dry White Wine?
The body-building enthusiast community sometimes consumes an “alcohol cleanse” where they avoid consuming any alcohol for a set period of time to naturally increase liver metabolism, reduce bloating and promote fat burning.
Dry white wines are thought to be easier on the liver than sweeter wines or beers as long as your daily intake doesn’t exceed two glasses per day. But this isn’t a reason it is healthy – it’s still just avoiding something that can damage your body in excess.
TYPES OF DRY WHITE WINES THAT ARE POPULAR
Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Ggrigio and Riesling are the most popular types of dry white wines. They tend to be pale in color with hint of grassy or floral notes. If you prefer a sweeter flavor, try an off-dry wine that has a more intense fruitier flavor but is still low in sugar content.
Champagne is also considered a type of dry white wine and many people think it tastes better than other dry whites because it can be made from several grape varietals including Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.
-New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs and Pinot Grigios like Kim Crawford, Nobilo or Oyster Bay.
-Australian Rieslings from producers like Penfolds, Rosemount Estate or d’Arenberg Dead Arm.
-Italy Pinot Grigios from producers like Banfi, Ruffino or Boscaini.
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DRY WHITE WINE AND OTHER WINE
1. The Difference Between Dry White Wine And Sweet White Wine
Dry white wine has no or very little residual sugar while sweet wines have a higher concentration of sugar. The sweetness in wine is determined by how much the grape juice was allowed to ferment.
In dry wines less fermentation takes place and most of the sugar remains unfermented while in sweet wines the amount of time grapes is left on the vine to ferment before harvest (closer to autumn) allows more yeast activity which turns sugar into alcohol but leaves residual sugars behind.
Sherry is a famous type of sweet wine from Spain. If you try to make your own wines at home, you can achieve the same effect by harvesting your grapes when they are fully ripened (harvest usually starts in August) and allowing them to ferment for a longer period time until the sugar has been converted into alcohol.
Many popular types of dry white wines come from warmer climates like Australia, New Zealand or Italy because this produces the best flavor profile but some winemakers experiment with cold fermentation processes where grapes are left on the vine later than usual which also produces drier taste profiles.
2. The Difference Between Dry White Wine And Champagne
Champagne can be made from the three grape varietals listed above but there must be at least 75 percent Chardonnay grapes present in order to be called Champagne. In addition, champagne is only produced in the French region of France so it can only claim that name if it adheres to Champagne production standards.
Some people also consider sparkling wines like Cremant d’Alsace or Prosecco to be a special type of dry white wine because bubbly white wines are made through similar processes.
DRY WHITE WINE IN THE SUMMERTIME
Dry white wines are good for summertime sipping because the low sugar content and crisp flavors make it a refreshing treat without making you feel bloated. Even better is pairing your wine with light dishes like salads, sushi or grilled seafood. You can also barbecue meats with dry white wines just be sure not to marinate them in sugary sauces.
DRY WHITE WINE WITH FOOD – WHAT NOT TO PAIR IT WITH AND WHAT GOES WELL TOGETHER
– As mentioned earlier dry white wines are great for pairing with seafood and fish. If you are having sushi, try a Japanese Sake or Sauvignon Blanc. For grilled fish go with Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio or Riesling. It is important to pick up on the light flavors of your food because it will enhance the overall flavor experience.
– Stay away from pairing dry white wines with heavy cream sauces like Alfredo or carbonara pastas as well as creamy soups because they tend to overpower the subtle flavors in your wine.
– Desserts that rely on an acidic ingredient like citrus fruit go well with dry white wines. This includes lemon tart, key lime pie and fruit tarts.
– Fruit, cheese and dessert wines. These are the types of wine that dry white wines do not play well with because they all have very distinctive flavors that can either overwhelm or be overpowered by each other.
TALKING ABOUT TWO POPULAR DRY WHITE WINE
1. The Uniqueness Of Pinot Grigio
Pinot Grigio is one of Italy’s most popular Varietals for a reason and it is not just because Italians have great taste in wine! Major producers like Banfi, Ruffino or Boscaini produce some fantastic examples at good value prices. So, what makes Pinot Grigio tick?
First off it was created in Northern Italy during the late 19th century as a crossbreed between the Pinot Noir and Riesling grape varietals. This means it has some of the characteristics of both wines including floral aromas, crisp acidity and a rich minerality that comes from limestone soils in Italy’s northern regions.
Pinot Grigio is one of the most versatile wines you can pair with food because it enhances both delicate flavors like chicken and seafood as well as acidic dishes like pasta with tomato sauce. Freshly baked breads and cheeses also go well with Pinot Grigio so keep a bottle handy when you are preparing snacks before dinner!
Some examples of affordable Pinot Grigios under $15: Le Piane , Banfi , Ruffino , Boscaini
2. Sauvignon Blanc – The White Wine That Has A Green Side
Sauvignon Blanc is a grape varietal known for its grassy acidic flavors and crisp finish. This makes Sauvignon Blanc one of the most popular wines around the world, but it can also be one of the hardest Varietals to get right on all occasions.
There are some great unoaked examples like France’s Sancerre or Pouilly-Fume that showcases Sauvignon Blancs minerality while California versions tend to produce more tropical fruit flavors.
So, what food goes well with Sauvignon Blanc? Unoaked versions like those found in New Zealand, Chile or Argentina are best when pairing with fresh seafood or cold soups. Warm climate regions tend to produce fuller bodied Sauvignon Blancs that pair well with spicy dishes especially those with a tomato base like pasta puttanesca or penne all’arrabbiata.
The reason why Sauvignon Blanc works so well with spicy food is because of its natural acidity which cuts through the spiciness and refreshes your palate between bites.
Some examples of affordable unoaked Sauvignon Blanc under $15: Two Hands, Oyster Bay, Campo Viejo, Brancott.
TIPS FOR SERVING A CHILLED GLASS OF DRY WHITE WINE
The best way to enjoy your wine is with a good glass of wine – but what does that mean? A great glass of dry white wines starts with the temperature. You should be serving your Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc chilled between 40-50 degrees Fahrenheit (5-10 degree Celsius). This ensures the aromas are not watered down by excess ice crystals while still allowing you taste all the fresh flavors of the wine.
When it comes to chilling your wines quickly you have two options:
1) The traditional method for chilling glasses involves pre-filling them with ice and some water in advance.
2) For those who don’t want to go through these preparations there are chillers such as Spain’s Tovolo Ice Sphere Molds that can help you chill a glass of wine in 30 seconds.
There are some great affordable Pinot Grigios under $15 that make great pairings with lighter dishes such as those found on our Wine Food Pairing Chart. You can also check out this selection of Sauvignon Blancs we recommend for seafood or tomato-based pasta dishes.
They all offer excellent value for the money!
HOW TO STORE YOUR BOTTLE OF DRY WHITE WINE TO PRESERVE ITS QUALITY
Some people store their wine in the refrigerator but it’s actually best to keep them at room temperature. The ideal temperature for storing your white wines is around 65 degrees Fahrenheit (18 degrees Celsius) where they are least likely to deteriorate quickly, and the aromas and flavors will be at their best.
If you don’t have a cool dark place, you can place your bottles in a cupboard on the top shelf where they won’t get any direct sunlight which fades color and ages delicate Pinot Grigios.
Keep in mind that many Americans store their wines too cold, and this can cause the aromas to flatten out. When white wines are too cold, they lose a lot of their subtle flavor which is why you should always allow your bottles of dry white wine to warm up for 10-15 minutes before drinking them.
The best way to enjoy your Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blancs with food is by serving it at the proper temperature and choosing complementary dishes such as those on our Wine Food Pairing Chart.
If you find yourself with leftover open bottles of dry white wines, you should only leave them open for 1-2 days at most as exposure to oxygen will begin making the wine sour. Once opened, cork the bottle or place it in a sealed container and store it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
FOR HOW LONG WILL LEFTOVERS REMAIN GOOD IN THE REFRIGERATOR AND FREEZER?
Leftover wine can be saved by placing them in a sealed container or re-corking it. If you are keeping it for more than 3 days, place the bottle in your refrigerator to slow down the oxidation process. To save an open wine bottle after dinner don’t worry about transferring it into a smaller container.
Most of the time it will still be good even if you leave the cork off for 5-7 days as long as there is still some wine in there that hasn’t been exposed to oxygen (usually 1/4 of your original bottle).
If you are planning on freezing leftover wine, you should pour them into a freezer-safe container with an airtight seal or use vacuum-seal bags. For opened bottles of wine, you can keep it in the freezer for up to 3 months and still have a good quality wine as long as you don’t freeze it completely solid.
The best way to tell if your white wines are past their prime is by looking at the cork – an old cork will be very dry and crumble when lightly pressed while a newer one should be moist and not worn out. Many lower end wines today use plastic corks which can also indicate that there is something wrong with the wine (except for sparkling wines where these are quite common).
White wines tend to go bad more quickly than reds because they contain less tannins which act as a preservative. If your white wines aren’t stored in a cool dark place (55 degrees Fahrenheit or 12.5 degrees Celsius) they may go bad much more quickly, especially if the bottle is left open.
WHY DRY WHITE WINE ARE HEALTHIER THAN OTHER TYPES OF ALCOHOL
1. Grape Seed Extract
White wine contains higher levels of procyanidins than red wines, particularly those from Pinot Noir grapes. Procyanidins are antioxidants in the same family as catechins found in green tea. These antioxidant compounds have been shown to reduce inflammation in arteries and may reduce your risk of developing cardiovascular disease.
Grapes used to make wine, especially red wines as noted earlier, are high in resveratrol. This antioxidant compound is found in the skin of grapes and has been linked to anti-aging effects and promoting heart health. It has also been indicated for helping prevent cancer development.
3. Lower Risk Of Kidney Stones (Fructose)
Red wines contain higher levels of fructose than other types of wines which can increase your risk or kidney stones if you are a frequent drinker. Dry white wines have less fructose, so they are much safer over a long term even though the occasional glass won’t cause any harm.
4. Less Risk Of Developing Arthritis (Resveratrol)
Procyanidins found in red grapes can help prevent the development of arthritis by keeping your bones healthy and strong. This is a particular benefit if you are at risk of getting osteoporosis.
BENEFITS OF WHITE WINE
A glass or two of white wines after dinner has been shown to improve blood sugar control in those who are insulin resistant. This type of wine is lower in fructose, so it does not interfere with blood glucose levels or promote inflammation as much as red wines which have higher levels of this natural sweetener.
1. Benefits Of White Wine For Women
Drinking up to two glasses per day of any types of wines has been linked to a reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes. This effect is seen even more if you drink Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blancs instead of other types.
Research finds that Pinot Grigio can actually reduce appetite if consumed before a meal. Drinking up to two glasses per day may help you eat less and lose weight over time by suppressing the hormones responsible for making you feel hungry.
White wines are also high in quercetin which is another natural anti-inflammatory that can help reduce symptoms associated with chronic inflammatory conditions such as asthma and arthritis.
One of the rarer forms of wine (and it’s not red or white) has been linked to improving symptoms related to rheumatoid arthritis including pain, stiffness, fatigue. This may be due to the combination of antioxidants found in this type of tannin-free wine, particularly resveratrol, procyanidins and catechins. These compounds have been shown to provide significant anti-inflammatory benefits if taken on a regular basis.
2. Benefits Of Pinot Grigio For Men
Pinot Grigio is a great source of dietary nitrates which can increase blood flow and endurance if you do aerobic exercises by as much as 16%. This is one of the reasons why Pinot Grigio is considered to be a healthier choice than other types of wines.
CONCLUSION ON THE TOPIC DRY WHITE WINE
The dry white wine is a drink that many people enjoy for its crisp and refreshing qualities. It has been around since the Middle Ages in Europe, but it didn’t become popular until later on when Europeans started to settle in North America. We hope after this article you will have more knowledge on this drink and enjoy it to its best!