White wine often become synonymous with the similarly alliterative ‘horrific hangover’.
White has a bad reputation for getting us too drunk because its cheapest iterations have homogenised into a ‘wine-flavoured’ wine, with high levels of acidity and sugar making it easy to drink. Additionally, pubs and bars often serve white wine straight from the same fridge where beers and ciders are stored. Though it is best served chilled, its flavours become reduced when served cooler than 8 degrees, so we’re better able to knock it back at a rate of knots.
It can literally leave a bad taste in your mouth too, with the acidity levels increasing sickness feelings in a hangover and the extra sugar possibly increasing energy levels while drunk.
So how to fall back in love with white wine? One way is to mix up the usual suspects. Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc were the most popular grape styles sold in the UK in 2015, but they’re only a snapshot of the huge range available.
With this in mind, we asked the experts to recommend some tasty alternatives to be gently sipped or enjoyed with food. Read on for white wine inspiration.