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About White Wine

Since the juice of all grapes is clear, white wine can be made from white or red grapes but is made with green-skinned “white” grapes most of the time. Consumers prefer freshness and purity of fruit flavors in white wine, so grape skin contact is rarely desirable in white winemaking.

 

Most whites are crisp and refreshing, though levels of acidity vary with grape variety and climate. A small percentage of the world’s white wines are aged in oak barrels for a richer style.  Popular grape varieties include Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris (Grigio) and Riesling. White wines are usually lighter than red wines and are therefore served with lighter courses, such as fish and shellfish.

 

Mussels in Red Chili, Tomato & Coconut Broth

The creative use of fresh ingredients, obscure vegetables, and innovative touches add a little excitement to classic dishes.


INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2½ tablespoons minced garlic, divided
  • 1-quart fish stock
  • 1 16-ounce can tomatoes
  • 3 cups white wine
  • 1 cup mango chutney
  • 2 tablespoons red curry paste
  • 1 cup of coconut milk
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • ½ tablespoon minced shallots
  • 1 pound mussels, cleaned and debearded
  • ½ tablespoon fresh thyme leaves