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All grape wines are produced from very specific types of wine grape and the ones for white wine are: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Viognier and Chenin Blanc. But not all wines are made from one type of grape.

Obviously a Chardonnay wine is produced very specifically from the Chardonnay grape but the Sauvignon is a blend of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc. There are very strict controls on the proportions that make a specific type of wine in France but there is no concept that a “varietal” (one grape variety) wine is any better than a blend.

The relative dryness (versus sweetness) of a wine is measured by the amount of sugar in the wine compared to the acidity. But many inexpert wine drinkers mistake a good fruity taste, often imparted by the barrels the wine is stored in, as sweetness, so may call a very dry wine “sweet” by mistake.

When it comes to buying wine you have, basically, three options: Supermarkets, Merchants and the Internet.

Supermarkets are the easy option but while there is a wide selection the nature of supermarkets means that they only want goods from suppliers who can provide large quantities of exactly the same quality.

The Internet has the problem that you really have no idea what you’re buying. You should keep to the main distributors and merchants to be on the safe side.

Merchants are the best option, you have the opportunity to choose exactly the right wine for you and also talk to someone who knows the subject and the wines very well (if you don’t already).

Whatever you choose to drink and wherever you decide to buy it, wine is the perfect drink with meals or on its own.