Wine is fermented fruit juice. Mainly grape juice. It can also be produced from fruits like cranberries, apples and even inorganic herbs. Grape wines come in white, red and pink color. Wine is an alcoholic beverage. The content of alcohol in a wine determines how strong it is. Only sixteen percent alcohol content can be made through fermentation. Distillation can lead to even higher alcohol content. The taste of wine depends on the aroma compounds produced during fermentation, the acidity level, sweetness, tannin, and alcohol content. All these factors vary in the different type of wines. Hence, it makes them unique.
Wine serves a large number of purposes. It helps people to relax after a hard day at work. It helps them socialize at events, eases and loosens them up. The wine paired with food and cheese enhances the taste of the meal. It completes the meal in a way. Wine is also a status symbol. Classier, vintage and old wine bottles which are expensive speaks volume about the ones consuming it. It not only represents the taste of people but also their bank balances.
There are a variety of wines in the market. We will look at the most popular white wines which are Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. Let's look at the differences between them.
Sauvignon Blanc originates from the Bordeaux region of France. However, many popular versions of it are also made in the Loire and New Zealand. Chardonnay was produced first in Burgundy, France. California, Oregon, and Jura are also some of the other places where it is grown now. The most common food with which a Chardonnay is paired with are creamy chicken, soups, fish, lobster and soft cheeses. On the other hand, a Sauvignon Blanc is supposed to bring the best out of pesto, seafood, tacos, pasta, and vegetables.
In general, the Chardonnay grape makes medium to full-bodied wines while the Sauvignon Blanc wines are lighter-bodied. Some flavors of chardonnay include apple, melon, pear, pineapple and peach. Sauvignon Blanc can also be made in various flavors. These include kiwi, citrus, tropical, jalapeno pepper, gooseberry and fresh herbs. Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc are both available in oaked and unoaked style. The warm and cool climate of different places also affects the taste of the wine.
Oaked Chardonnay which is made mostly in Australia, New Zealand and America are more mature, tastier and heavier. Unoaked Chardonnay is relatively fresh, it has somewhat more flavor and is lighter. However, both are utterly delicious, mouth-watering and refreshing. Unoaked Chardonnay is similar to Sauvignon Blanc in the sense that both are lighter and give out the smell of freshly cut grass. Sauvignon Blanc is referred to as herbal wine. It goes very well with green vegetables. It is sweeter and more acidic than Chardonnay. In texture, it is fuller and rounder. It is also juicier and crisper than its counterpart.