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White wine

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About white wine

White wines are either made from the grape juice and grape skin of green, gold or yellowish coloured grapes; or less commonly known they are made just from the juice of select red grapes.

They tend to be consumed with lighter meals, or as an aperitif. White wines are lighter in both style and taste than the majority of red wines, and are most ideally suited to spring and summer. White wines tend to be paired with white meats.

They are best served in narrower glasses than red wines are, this is so there is more of a concentration of aroma at the top of the glass. They are also best served cold, between 45-50 F.

 
Learn more about types of white wine
Dry Chablis
Gavi
Sancerre
Dry White
Bordeaux
Off-dry Pinot Grigio
Sauvignon
Blanc from
New Zealand
or Chile
South African
Chenin Blanc
Chardonnay
from Australia
or Chile
Soave
White
Burgundy
Champagne
Brut
Cava Brut
Brut Sparkling
Medium-dry Australian Riesling
Gewurztraminer
Blended
Amontillado
Sherry
Vinho Verde
Prosecco
Sercial Madeira
Medium Anjou Rosé
Portuguese
Rosé
Californian
Rosé
Mosel
Kabinett
Rhine
Kabinett
Medium Sweet Clairette de Die
Vouvray
Demi Sec
Liebfraumilch
Champagne
Demi Sec
Spätlese
Riesling
Sweet Australian Riesling
Gewurztraminer
Blended
Amontillado
Sherry
Vinho Verde
Prosecco
Sercial Madeira
Very sweet Anjou Rosé
Portuguese
Rosé
Californian
Rosé
Mosel
Kabinett
Rhine
Kabinett
Rich Clairette de Die
Vouvray
Demi Sec
Liebfraumilch
Champagne
Demi Sec
Spätlese
Riesling
Luscious Australian Riesling
Gewurztraminer
Blended
Amontillado
Sherry
Vinho Verde
Prosecco
Sercial Madeira

Chardonnay

Chardonnay is a very popular white wine, and has an easily recognisable aroma of apples, lemons or tropical fruits. Chardonnay has a full body and an easy smoothness. It is the only grape permitted in the Chablis region of France, and is the main grape used in Champagne.

Chardonnay is grown and produced worldwide in other areas, such as: Argentina, Chile, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, New Zealand, South Africa, the United States and Yugoslavia.

Pronounciation

Shar-don-ay

Match with

Mild curries, creamy fish dishes, full-flavoured seafood

Recommended recipes
Chicken Genovese pasta
Linguine with flaked salmon


 
An intense wine with a toasty, nutty nose and flavours of pineapple and cherimoya. Ideal to be served alongside a butter-basted and perfectly roasted turkey.

 
chardonnay
 

Chenin Blanc

Chenin Blanc is a very versatile grape as it produces both crisp and dry white wines, along with nectar-like dessert wines. Nevertheless, they tend to all have a honey type character and a zesty acidity. The Co-operative Fairtrade Wild Ferment Chenin Blanc is a fine crisp and dry wine made from this grape. Chenin Blanc has a native region of the Loire Valley in France, but it is less planted there than other areas, such as Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Argentina. However, it is the main white variety of South Africa, and is also a major player in California, Australia and New Zealand.

Pronounciation

Shernan Blonk

Match with

Acidic, spicy flavours, fish, chicken

Recommended recipes
Vietnamese salmon noodles
Chicken enchiladas with sweetcorn salsa
Spiced pumpkin and smoked haddock cakes with chilli and tomato salsa


 
A zesty wine with notes of honey, and a crisp dry finish. Try our South African Western Cap Chenin Blanc, perfect with fish and chicken dishes.

 
chenin blanc
 

Pinot Grigio/ Pinot Gris

The most popular white wine in Italy is produced from the Pinot Grigio grape. They are usually mildly floral and delicately fragrant, with lemon-citrus flavours. Nevertheless, French Pinot Gris tends to be richer and more fuller-bodied.

Pronounciation

Pee-no gree-gee-oh / Pee-no gree

Match with

Poultry, seafood, pasta

Recommended recipes
Orange and turkey stir fry
Seafood paella
Runner bean and courgette spaghetti with king prawns







 
Clean and elegant with good fruit concentration with nice minerality, this Pinot Grigio has a moderate length and great complexity. Ripe peach-like aromas and flavours make this wine absolutely delicious. Serve with risotto made with Christmas leftovers or the traditional seafood starter.

 
pinot grigio / pinot gris
 

Riesling

Riesling is Germany's greatest grape variety. They have a floral and apple-like aroma, and they can balance high levels of residual sugar.

Pronounciation

Reece-ling

Match with

Spicy dishes, Thai flavours, cheese

Recommended recipes
Mexican style fajitas
Vietnamese salmon noodles








 
Zesty lemon and grapefruit flavours make this Riesling clean and fresh, with a delicious finish. Perfect with spicy flavours.

 
riesling
 

Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc has a specific identity, and with high levels of acidity it is very zesty. It is interesting to compare a South African Sauvignon to a New Zealand version. The flavours of grass and nettles shine through in our South African Stonehaven Sauvignon Blanc, whereas The Co-operative Explorer’s Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand has a stronger taste of grapefruit and gooseberry.

It is produced in New Zealand, South Africa, France, California, Chile, Argentina, Australia and Italy.

Pronounciation

So-vinyon-blonk

Match with

Acidic flavours such as citrus and vinegar, spicy dishes, poultry, goats cheese

Recommended recipes
Spiced pumpkin and smoked haddock cakes with chilli and tomato salsa
Goats cheese crustades with cranberry sauce


 
This light and refreshing Sauvignon Blanc has zesty lemon and citrus flavours with some delicate ripe pineapple hints and mineral notes. Serve with salad starters, white meats and fish dishes.

 
sauvignon
 
fairtrade wine tasting

Fairtrade wine tasting

Welcome to The Co-operative Fairtrade wine section. The free to download attachments will provide further information on the Co-operative Fairtrade Wine Range and the benefits that the range has had on developing communities in Argentina, Chile and South Africa.

download pdf An introduction to Fairtrade wines from our expert wine buyer, and a look at wines from La Riojana in Argentina and Santa Irene in Chile.
Download part one
 
download pdf A further look at Chile and projects in Los Robles and Fairhills, plus an exclusive look at plans for two new projects located within the Western Cape in South Africa.
Download part two
 
download pdf A detailed guide to matching food types to the wines covered in the tasting notes.
Download part three
 


 
wine news

Wine news

 

The Co-operative and Fairtrade Wine

In 2001 The Co-operative broke new ground by launching the UK's first fairly-traded supermarket wine, and we haven't looked back since. At the time there were no internationally agreed criteria for wine to carry the FAIRTRADE Mark, so we worked with Traidcraft the UK's leading fairtrade organisation, to set up a trading relationship with the Los Robles co-operative in Chile.

After the establishment of a criteria for Fairtrade Wine in 2004 The Co-operative began to work with the Du Toitskloof co-operative in South Africa, helping them to gain Fairtrade accreditation which they achieved in 2005. Shortly after, The
Co-operative was then able to launch its own range of Fairtrade wine from Du Toitskloof throughout its UK stores.

Today our range of wines carrying the FAIRTRADE Mark comes from all over the world, including Chile, Argentina and South Africa. Each of our Fairtrade wines tells a story; about struggling communities revived and renewed, about schools built, clean water supplied, and hope restored.

So when you're sipping our velvety Argentine red, enjoying a refreshing glass of our Chilean white, or celebrating with our Fairtrade Sparkling Brut, you can be sure that someone on the other side of the world is benefiting from a better deal that will improve their lives. Isn't that worth raising a glass to?

fairtrade wine

For more information on Fairtrade projects in Argentina, Chile and South Africa take a look at our Fairtrade wine notes.