White wine lends itself to a wide range of delicious cuisine, tastes and textures, from vegetarian to white meat and even some red meat dishes as well. Take a look at our guide to perfect pairings of food and white wine, which includes Australian and French wines as well as Italian white wines and Italian sparkling wine.
Pinot Bianco is a genetic mutation of the Pinot Noir grape, with the wine being named after the grape itself. In Italy it is known as Pinot Bianco, and makes a full-bodied whites with citrus overtones.
Suggested food matches: Chicken dishes, white grilled fish, crabmeat salad, rice with veal sausage, fresh salmon and prawn dishes.
As for Pinot Blanc, the Pinot Grigio grape is most likely a mutation of Pinot Noir. Pinot Grigio is a dry Italian white wine with apple and pear flavours and moderate acidity. It is also sometimes known as Pinot Gris (in France), although this name usually reflects a more full-bodied wine than the Grigio variety.
Suggested food matches: Risotto, pasta with lemon flavours, baked fish, quail, spicy pork dishes, potato and cheese dishes, pizza, avocado salad.
Prosecco is a dry Italian sparkling wine that gets its name from the Italian village Prosecco in the Veneto region. It has delicate fruit flavours and aromas, and can come as a spumante variety (plenty of bubbles), or frizzante (light bubbles). As for many sparkling varieties, prosecco is often treated as a celebratory wine and makes a great drink for parties and weddings or as a base for cocktails.
Suggested food matches: Stuffed mushrooms, seafood, Asian entrées, antipasto, canapés, stuffed peppers, cured meats such as prosciutto and pancetta, and cheeses.
Friuli white wines:
Blended white varieties from Italy’s north-eastern corner, often displaying a high acidity and fruity aromas. Friuli wines are dynamic and diverse in their varieties. Their native varieties include Ribolla Gialla, Jakot (or Tokaj), Schiopperttino, Refosco, Pignolo and Vitovska, amongst others. There are also many more common varieties planted like Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. Suggested food matches: Creamy soups, fish dishes, frittata or quiche.
Moscato can come in a variety of colours from white and gold to pink and light red. It is a delicate and refreshing wine that generally has fruity flavours and light bubbles, and is often sweet to taste. Its fresh and vibrant nature makes it a good match for fun occasions and light party food.
Suggested food matches: Spicy Asian dishes, mini-burgers and other finger food, chicken dishes, summery salads, cheeses, antipasto, fresh fruit, apple pie, lemon poppy-seed cake or citrus meringue pie.
While this was originally a French variety, it is popular in Australia and is produced by many of our local wineries. The wine often comes with tropical fruit and fresh-cut grass flavours and aromas.
Suggested food matches: Chicken dishes, crabmeat, linguini with tomato and basil, creamy cheeses.
A light-to-medium bodied wine with fruity or sometimes buttery toffee-like flavours. Chardonnay wines are produced in many countries around the world, including Australia and New Zealand.
Suggested food matches: Grilled steak, mushroom risotto, veal chops, chicken dishes and Caesar salad.
Riesling is usually a more floral variety than Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay. It often has a lively floral or citrus character and can be dry, off-dry or sweet, making it extremely versatile with food.
Suggested food matches: Delicate fish dishes, shell-fish, Asian food, salmon and tuna.
Perfect matches – and your own taste
This guide can assist you in selecting food and wines for your next event or dinner party, or even just at home to enhance your evening meal or weekend afternoon tea or barbecue with friends and family. But it’s worth remembering that a guide is just that – so if you enjoy a particular wine, or want to try something new, go for it!