White's Alright

White Wine's are available in several varieties of colors an tastes. White Wine comes in clear to yellow colors, dry, semi-sweet, and sweet.

The most popular white wine is Chardonnay. The history of Chardonnay has been extensively researched using DNA profiling by Dr. Carole Meredith. She discovered that Chardonnay is a member of the Pinot family. She also proved that Chardonnay grapes are a cross between the Pinot family and a very old and nearly extinct grape variety called Gouais Blanc. The Gouais Blanc grape originated in Croatia and is believed to have arrived in France with the Romans. Chardonnay grapes are very sensitive to their environment. This means that Chardonnay wines have a distinct taste and flavor which can vary a great deal in complexity, depending on where it is grown and how it is being produced. Chardonnay wines grown in warmer climates tend to have a wonderful honey, buttery flavor while Chardonnay grapes grown in cool climates produce wines with an abundance of fruity flavors.

Chardonnay - Made from Chardonnay grape of France, this is the most popular wine is America. This dry wine is popular in every part of the world since it does not require much maintenance and its can be grown in all types of climate conditions. This wine goes best with seafod, pork and cream based dishes.

Pinot Blanc - Originally grown in France Pinot Blanc, is another very popular white wine. Apart from Alsace in France its also grown in Italy and Germany. Pinot Blanc comes under the category of medium and dry white wines since its available in various tones. Pinot Blanc is ideal to consume with seafoods, flavoured meet and cheeses.

Riesling - This popular white wine is available in both dry and sweet. This wine is generally grown in Germany. This wine comes in apple, peach and pear flavour. Riesling goes best with spicy Asian food, specially Indian, fish and desserts.

Sauvignon Blanc - Sauvignon Blanc White wine is grown primary in two regions, Loire Valley of France and Marlborough in New Zealand. This dry wine has herbal tone for the one produced in France and tropical fruit and gooseberry flavours for New Zealand. The great thing about this wine is that it can be consumed with any type of food whether its vegetable dishes, or Thai food. Sauvignon Blanc is also ideal match for Greek Food.

The general rule of thumb is to cook with a wine you would be happy drinking, because your finished dish is only going to be as good as the ingredients that go into it. If a recipe calls for dry white wine without mentioning the type of wine, use any good dry white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc, if you are a complete beginner, or a Chardonnay if you are a little more experienced and know how to cope with the relatively larger degree of acidity surfacing when Chardonnay wine is reduced.

Move over, cork, and make way for screw caps. Today, screw caps are replacing corks on more than just inexpensive bottles. Currently, screw caps seal 75 percent of Australian wines and 93 percent of New Zealand wines, and they're gaining popularity in all countries, including here in the U.S.

Now, animal research backs up white wine's positive cardio effects. A study published in the Aug. 13, 2008, issue of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that feeding white wine to lab rats protects against heart attack. Tests even showed increased functional recovery in white-wine treated rats.

According to a study done at the University of Buffalo, white wine offers benefits for lung function. Conclusions from the research indicate that wine drinkers are able to expel a larger volume of air with each breath. This was evident in participants who had been drinking wine for a number or years and those who had just recently had white wine. If you suffer from asthma or are at risk of developing it, switching to white wine rather than red or even beer or spirits may help your symptoms. However, white wine should never replace prescribed treatments for lung problems.
An antioxidant in white wine known as tyrosol, rather than resveratrol, which is more available in red wine, but still available in white could be responsible for the protective effect, says Nilanjana Maulik, Ph.D., whose team led the research at the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington, Conn. Because of the high antioxidant content in the many types of white wine, drinking it could reduce your risk of developing cancer. Antioxidants are compounds that are found in grapes that work to counteract free radical damage from the environment that contribute to cancer growth.

The biggest thing to keep in mind when drinking white wine is that the benefits come from drinking moderate amounts. This is two glasses per day. A glass of white wine should be no more than 5 ounces. Certain health conditions could be negatively affected by white wine so if you suffer from diabetes, or migraines. If you take prescription medications check with your doctor before consuming it. Acording to Joy Bauer, nutrition expert for the Today Show, "Drinking more than a couple glasses a day could lead to high triglyceride levels, weight gain and breast cancer."

My favorite is Pouilly-Fuissé. Produced in the Burgundy region of France. Pouilly-Fuissé is a dry, fruity but not sweet, white wine made from Chardonnay. It is pale and refreshing, very delicate, and often shows a tinted oak color. For me a delicious treat at around $25-$30.00 a bottle at Bev-Mo. Now remember, sweet wines, like Rieslings, contain more sugar and therefore more calories. In general though, white wine is a better choice for people watching their weight. Another benefit is that white wines are far less likely to trigger headaches, especially migraines. Red wine, more than any other alcoholic beverage, is a known trigger for many migraine sufferers. White wine can't compensate for a poor diet, a lack of exercise, or an unhealthy lifestyle, and drinking more than the recommended one or two glasses per day can actually make a person more susceptible to chronic diseases, totally outweighing any benefits. To complement an already healthy lifestyle, though, a glass or two of white wine a night is a well-earned pleasure, it is a good source of antioxidants and other beneficial compounds. The best part- "It's just what the "Doc" ordered." Good Luck...

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