1Do you prefer dry white wines or sweet white wines, which contain sugar?
Most white wines sold at the SAQ are dry, which means that they don't contain any sugar. Some white wines, however, do contain sugar. We call these sweet wines. Be careful not to mix up sweet wines with fruity wines, which simply release fruity aromas.
2Do you prefer white wines that release only aromas of fruit or white wines that release aromas of fruit along with other aromas?
When we say that a wine is fruity, it's simply because it releases aromas of fruit. A fruity wine for example can have hints of apple, citrus or peach. Most white wines are fruity. However, fruity aromas are often complemented by mineral, woody and spicy notes.
3Do you prefer white wines with mineral, woody or spicy aromas?
Some white wines have mineral notes, which means that they smell like chalk, rock dust, a damp basement or black soil. Some wines have woody notes, which means that they smell like wood or charred wood. Lastly, other wines have spicy notes, which means that their smell brings to mind spices we use in the kitchen, like pepper, nutmeg and cinnamon.
4Do you prefer slightly acidic or very acidic white wines?
5Do you prefer white wines that offer a thin, supple or fat texture?
A wine's texture is how it feels in the mouth. It can be compared to the texture of milk, which varies with fat content. Take 35% cream for example: its fat texture covers the mouth. A glass of water, on the other hand, can be gulped down without leaving a trace. Somewhere in the middle there is 2% milk, which has a texture that is neither fat, nor thin, but supple.
6Which is your favourite varietal?
Varietal describes the grape variety used to make the wine. Just like there are different types of apples, boasting unique tastes, there are various types of grapes. Each grape variety gives the finished wine distinct characteristics. Sauvignon Blanc is a very popular varietal. It produces pleasantly acidic wines with hints of grapefruit. Muscadet is made mostly in France and produces light refreshing wines with mineral and apple notes. Chardonnay is made throughout the world and produces generous wines with numerous aromas like butter, apple and pear. It is often aged in oak barrels, which gives it woody notes.