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Top 10 Best White Wines in the UK 2020 (Jacob's Creek, Sant Clair and More)

Looking for the perfect accompaniment to a fancy meal or maybe just something to help you unwind after a long week? White wine is a light, refreshing beverage that’s sure to leave you feeling merry without too much of a headache the next day. But with so many different varieties on sale, from countries all over the world like Italy, Spain, Australia, and New Zealand, it can be hard to know which bottle to choose.

To learn more, check out our buying guide, which provides handy information on the most popular grape varieties, calorie content, and alcohol percentages. Then, explore our recommendations to buy at Amazon, Tesco, and Asda, from brands such as Blossom Hill, Dino and Saint Clair, with many options under £10! Whether you fancy a glass of sweet vino or something crisper, we’ve got you covered.
  • Last updated: 14-09-2020
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Why Choose a White Wine?

Why Choose a White Wine?
If you’re new to the world of wine, you may be wondering what makes a white wine different from a red or a rosé. Aside from the obvious variation in colour, each has a different kind of flavour.
Wine is made from grapes which have a naturally occurring substance called tannin, formed when the grape skins sit in the juice during the fermentation process. Wines with a higher tannin content become red, whereas those with less exposure to the grape skins are a much paler colour.
Since tannin creates a slightly bitter taste in the mouth, red wines have a firm and bitter flavour. In contrast, white wines taste lighter and more acidic. So, if you prefer something that’s not too heavy but that’ll still tickle your taste buds, white wine is a great choice!

How to Choose a White Wine in the UK – Buying Guide

So, what features should you look out for in a bottle of white wine? We think it’s important to know which grape variety you’re buying, as this will affect the flavour of the beverage. You may also want to consider the calorie content and the alcohol percentage before making a purchase.

Choose the Grape Type Based on the Compatible Dishes

With so many different types of white wine available, each with their own unique flavour, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed. To make things a little simpler, we’ve narrowed the choices down to some of the most popular (and delicious) grape varieties.

Creamy Chardonnay Suits Light Dishes Such as Fish and Seafood

Creamy Chardonnay Suits Light Dishes Such as Fish and Seafood
Chardonnay, typically produced in France, is easily one of the most popular grape varieties in the UK. It generally has a complex yet creamy flavour, with aromas of vanilla and lemon.
Depending on whether it’s “oaked” or “unoaked”, Chardonnay can vary in flavour though – no two bottles will taste the same! Oaked varieties have more of a crème brûlée flavour, whereas unoaked ones will taste of zesty fruits. This type of wine is, therefore, the perfect accompaniment for light dishes such as grilled fish, salads, and seafood.

Herbaceous Pinot Grigio Works Best With Chicken and Risotto

Herbaceous Pinot Grigio Works Best With Chicken and Risotto
Pinot Grigio is another French variety of grape which has become very popular in the UK in recent years. It has a soft, crisp, and dry flavour with subtle tasting notes of green apple and blossoms.
Some Pinot Grigio grapes even have a slightly herbaceous taste, so it’s a good choice if you prefer your wine to be refreshing rather than sweet. With this in mind, it pairs well with chicken, seafood, risotto, and lightly spiced dishes.

Fruity Sauvignon Blanc Tastes Great Alongside Greek or Mexican Dishes

Fruity Sauvignon Blanc Tastes Great Alongside Greek or Mexican Dishes
Sauvignon Blanc grapes are originally from France but today they are also grown in New Zealand. Their underlying flavour is fresh and fruity, with elements of limes, peaches, and passionfruit.
Aromatic and dry, Sauvignon Blanc is perfect if you want a stronger, more full-bodied tasting wine. It tastes great with Greek and Mexican food, especially dishes with olives, feta cheese, and tomatoes.

Sweet Riesling Is the Ideal Accompaniment to Chinese and Thai Meals

Sweet Riesling Is the Ideal Accompaniment to Chinese and Thai Meals
Originating from Germany, Riesling is a very acidic grape that’s both floral and fruity. Its flavour notes include pears, peaches, and lemon blossom – plus when it’s made with extra ripe fruit, you can even find hints of honeycomb.
As Riesling is typically very sweet, it makes an ideal dessert wine or works well with delicately spiced Chinese and Thai food.

Albariño Grapes Provide Superior Flavour That Compliments Seafood

Albariño Grapes Provide Superior Flavour That Compliments Seafood
One of the most distinctive but slightly rarer white wines is made with thick-skinned Albariño grapes from Spain. Small but sweet, these premium quality fruits provide an acidic flavour that will leave your mouth watering.
Albariño wine tastes best with seafood such as oysters, fresh prawns, and steamed mussels or clams. It also works wonderfully well with sushi and sashimi.

Keeping an Eye on the Calorie Content

Keeping an Eye on the Calorie Content
It’s important to remember that wine should be viewed as a treat, due to the amount of residual sugar and alcohol it contains. Did you know that a standard glass of wine can have up to 126 calories? That’s almost as much as a standard-sized bar of milk chocolate!
If you’re looking to lose weight or are striving to maintain a healthy lifestyle, you might want to check the bottle’s packaging to ensure that the product you choose isn’t too calorific. Certain types of white wine, like Riesling, are made with grapes that are naturally lower in sugar so can help you to cut down on your calorie intake.

Check Out the Alcohol Percentage

Check Out the Alcohol Percentage
Lastly, think about how strong you like your wine and how often you drink it, so you can choose a bottle accordingly. The average alcohol content for wine is 11.6%, which is approximately 3 units, but the Royal College of Physicians advises not drinking more than 14 units a week. So, if you’re likely to indulge in a glass of wine regularly, you should opt for one with a lower alcohol content.

Top 10 Best White Wines in the UK

Now that you know what to look out for when choosing a bottle of vino, it’s time to check out our favourites! From tropical fruity flavours to soft floral notes, we’ve chosen a variety of white wines to suit all tastes and budgets.

10. Saint Clair Wairau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2017

£23.99

Grape Variety Sauvignon Blanc
Volume (ml) 750
Region of Origin Marlborough, New Zealand
Flavour Notes Passionfruit, melon, blackcurrant
Calories Per Serving
Alcohol Content (%) 12.5

9. Albali Italian Pinot Grigio

£3.00

Grape Variety Pinot Grigio
Volume (ml) 375ml
Region of Origin Italy
Flavour Notes Blossoms
Calories Per Serving
Alcohol Content (%) 12
Grape Variety Riesling
Volume (ml) 750
Region of Origin Mosel Valley, Germany
Flavour Notes White peach, red apple
Calories Per Serving
Alcohol Content (%) 8.5

7. Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay 2016

£18.19

Grape Variety Chardonnay
Volume (ml) 750
Region of Origin California, USA
Flavour Notes Mango, pineapple, vanilla, honey
Calories Per Serving 120kcal
Alcohol Content (%) 13.5

6. Mud House Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

£7.00

Grape Variety Sauvignon Blanc
Volume (ml) 750
Region of Origin Marlborough, New Zealand
Flavour Notes Grapefruit, nettles, melon
Calories Per Serving 140kcal
Alcohol Percentage (%) 12.5
Grape Variety Pinot Grigio
Volume (ml) 750
Region of Origin California, USA
Flavour Notes Pear, almond, citrus
Calories Per Serving 128kcal
Alcohol Content (%) 12.66

4. Hardys VR Chardonnay

£5.30

Grape Variety Chardonnay
Volume (ml) 750
Region of Origin Australia
Flavour Notes Melon, peach
Calories Per Serving 131kcal
Alcohol Content (%) 12.5

3. Jacob’s Creek Classic Riesling

£7.54

Grape Variety Riesling
Volume (ml) 750
Region of Origin Australia
Flavour Notes Lemon, lime
Calories Per Serving 170kcal
Alcohol Content (%) 11.5

2. Dino Trebbiano Pinot Grigio

£5.50

Grape Variety Pinot Grigio
Volume (ml) 750
Region of Origin Lombardy, Italy
Flavour Notes Citrus, red apple
Calories Per Serving 76kcal
Alcohol Content (%) 12

1. Tesco Finest Vinas Del Rey Albariño

£8.50

Grape Variety Albariño
Volume (ml) 750
Region of Origin Rias Baixas, Spain
Flavour Notes Apricot, honeysuckle, grapefruit, mandarin
Calories Per Serving 88kcal
Alcohol Content (%) 12.5

Other Types of Wine Suit Other Dishes

Other Types of Wine Suit Other Dishes

While white wines are great with fish-based and chicken-based dishes, as well as Chinese, Thai, and Greek cuisine, other kinds of wine suit other foods (or diets!) better. Take a look at our other wine articles to find a bottle to suit any occasion.

Summary

Whether you fancy a white wine that’s sweet, crisp, or dry, we hope our recommendations have made it easier for you to pick out the perfect bottle to match your evening meal. Why not try each of the different types to see which is your favourite? Cheers to that!

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