With a vast number of grape varieties available, most of us when choosing a white wine pick from a very few, typically Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.
There is of course great security in choosing one of these old favourites, but wines produced from less familiar varieties can often be both surprising & rewarding.
If one grape has the potential of breaking the duopoly at the top, it’s the refreshingly zingy Albariño, wines such as Contrapunto also show great minerality.
Minerality is key too, for the volcanic wines of Campania. Terredora’s Greco di Tufo is an excellent example.
Pinot Grigio may be ubiquitous, but what about Pinot Blanc? This close relative is at its best in Alsace, Kreydenweiss Kritt is delicious.
Incredibly versatile, Chenin Blanc can produce all styles; South Africa’s Bellow's Rock is wonderfully fruity with a crisp clean finish.
For my last selection I have gone with Semillon, and unlike many examples, Geoff Schrapel’s G6 Semillon remains elegant and fresh thanks to subtle use of oak.