Using white wine in dishes can bring about a major difference to the recipes that you are used to cooking on a daily basis. It’s fruity and acidic essence gives a whole new spin to the dish allowing you to enhance your culinary skills massively.
Since finding the right wine may end up being a pretty difficult task at hand for first-timers, we have listed down the 5 best white wines for you to help you get started! Feel free to have a look.
Sherry has made a comeback in recent years and we have never been more grateful! It is a fortified wine meaning it has a distilled spirit like brandy in it and has both dry and sweet versions available.
However, dry sherry is an ideal white wine for cooking and can change a simple dish to an extraordinary one in minutes! And if you are a fan of making sauces, this will soon become your holy grail. This is because sherry is a master at deglazing!
It is also versatile enough to pair beautifully with chicken, pork and even shellfish. Just add a bit of the drink in the same pot after you are done searing the chicken, and you will soon have a flavorful sauce which has great depth to it!
If you were wondering about the flavors of sherry, we should tell you that it solely depends on the type you are using. For example, amontillado which is off-dry, has a rich nut-like flavor to it. This will pair up greatly with dishes that include chicken or oily fish. Oloroso is another type of sherry which has a hint of caramel flavor with the aroma of walnuts. This is what makes it so good to be paired with rich meat and cheese. There are many other types with varying flavors that you could use too, depending on the recipe.
The best part about sherry is that it has a longer shelf life than most even though it is very inexpensive. So you can very easily add it to your soups and gravies. Or, you can simply incorporate it into any oyster dish if you like. Even simple desserts like tiramisu or brownies taste remarkably good with sherry!
Considered to be one of the best dry white wines for cooking, Chablis wines are indeed a great choice. Made from chardonnay grapes, these wines are generally more acidic and light-bodied meaning they are lean and delicate. The climate plays a huge part in it and the characteristic notes of mineral result from the soil of the region. Besides that, Chablis can taste quite a bit like apples and tropical fruits. This persists with steel aging but those aged using oak, are more buttery and creamy.
The flavors and crispness of Chablis make it great for soups and broths. The right balance of acidity and minerality also complements seafood flavors. It will give a distinct flavor to your fish, shellfish, oysters, etc. which will taste even better if accompanied by a sauce. If you like, you can also incorporate it in your salad to make it more flavourful.
However, Chablis also tastes great with poultry and white meat. They make a delicate but delectable pair and are just about fit for any occasion!
Crisp White Wine
To understand the term ‘crisp white wine,’ you need to know what a dry white wine is and how it is actually different from your regular wines.
So, what is dry white wine?
The primary difference between regular white wine and dry white wine is that dry white wines have a very low sugar content in them. On the other hand, the regular white wines usually comprise of an immensely high amount of sugar, which will most definitely alter the taste of your dish.
In general, ‘highly acidic’ wines are mostly preferred while cooking and it is known as a ‘crisp’ in the wine domain. Now, there are of course, a countless number of dry white wine bottles that you could choose from, but to make things easier, we have noted down quite a few of them for you!
- Pinot Grigio
- Pinot Gris
- Sauvignon Blanc
- Pinot Blanc
However, if we still had to talk about the best crisp dry white wine for cooking, it would be Pinot Grigio for sure!
Pinot Grigio is known to be one of the best white wine for cooking that people just can’t seem to be getting enough of, especially because of its clean taste! So, if you want your dish to be a major success, we would undoubtedly ask you to go for this one!
There are two kinds of Marsala, commonly known as the sweet Marsalais and the dry Marsala. The sweet one is usually used in desserts, whereas the dry Marsala is used while creating mouth-watering items like veal or chicken Marsala.
Italian fortified wines like Marsala usually comprises of distilled spirits like brandy and has an intense smoky flavor to it. Not to mention, the flavors vary depending on the amount you are willing to pay for it. If you want to go for expensive bottles, you will find rich flavors like walnut, apple, honey, licorice, dried fruits, morello cherry and tobacco. Other common flavors include tamarind, vanilla, stewed apricot and brown sugar. Like Sherry, Marsala can also be the perfect wine bottle for you to drink up.
This Portuguese wine known as Madeira is fortified with brandy and happens to be the most ideal wine for cooking. Why? – Because during its wine-making-process, it is already heated up and hence the original flavors are not altered while cooking. Not to mention, its original flavor is achieved by heating the wine repetitively.
Madeira usually has a wide variety of flavors like orange peel, walnut oil, burnt sugar, peach, caramel and hazelnut. Like other wines, Madeira also has its different versions, including the sweet Madeira. However, due to the layers of intense, rich and complex flavors that it contains, it is perfect for salad dressings, deglazing pans and reducing sauces. Also, you will end up needing to drizzle only a spoonful of it to achieve that mouth-watering flavor in your dish due to its intensity.
Blended Madeira is usually pretty reasonable in terms of price and one fact that you should be aware of is that the older the bottle, the better the taste! Note that this white wine pairs up extremely well with mushrooms, vegetables, chicken and soup. So, you can definitely give it a try if you haven’t yet!
The 5 white wines listed above are top-notch for whichever recipe you want to follow. However, if you do not feel like using white wine in your dish, you can always look for other substitutes like lemon juice, Vermouth or white vinegar. If you want some sweetness along with the acidity, go ahead and pour in some grape juice in it.