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Considering Versatile White Wines and Bubbly

Part of the Pairing Food & Wine For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Serve any of these crisp, dry whites with just about any food, and you can avoid natural taste disasters. These versatile white wines (and Champagne) are also great when the meal includes multiple dishes on the table at the same time. Note that the regions or appellations and countries listed in brackets next to the grape are the archetypes, but not the only source of these versatile wines.

  • Unoaked Chardonnay (Chablis, France)

  • Sauvignon Blanc (Sancerre, France)

  • Muscadet (Loire Valley, France)

  • Pinot Gris (also known as Pinot Grigio) (Alsace, France and Northern Italy)

  • Grüner Veltliner (Austria)

  • Albariño (Rias Baixas, Spain, Vinho Verde, Portugal)

  • Riesling (Germany; international)

  • Chenin Blanc (Loire Valley, South Africa)

  • Semillon (Hunter Valley, Australia)

  • Champagne (France; as well as most sparkling wine)

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