If you’re not familiar with these selections, consider them when possible.

Most people are looking for dry white wines because they want to use it for cooking. The issue is that if one of these wines are marketed for cooking, then it may not be suitable for actually drinking. Why would you cook with a wine you wouldn’t drink? That doesn’t make sense.

With that being said, there are some people who prefer to drink these wines instead. If you’re someone who’s looking for a new choice, consider one of these next time.

Sauvignon Blanc

Whether you’re looking for a wine that is for cooking, drinking, or both, this is one of the most popular choices and for good reasons. It’s a lean wine that is grassy with a subtle fruit taste to it. In the US, it’s normally found in Washington State or California. Internationally it comes from places such as South Africa, New Zealand, and Austria. If you have goat cheese, then these two would make a great pairing. Pastas like ravioli and risotto are also good choices. If you’re having a delicate fish like sole, feel free to have this along with it.


Pronouced as “al-ba-reen-yo”, this is a very dry wine that has a refreshing citrus flavor with a light salt taste as well. The grapes originate from places like Spain and Northwest Portugal. Some versions are bottled with carbon dioxide, which helps the wine produce a light and sparkling taste to it. Aside from its native land, this wine is also produced in California and New Zealand. White meats like chicken and pork would accompany this wine very well. You could also consider steamed mussels or white fish.

Pinot Grigio

You may also know it as Pinot Gris. The former name comes from Italy, and the latter comes from France and Oregon. Whichever name you prefer, it’s a medium-dry wine that is light with a fruity taste with mineral notes. The Italian version has a more profound mineral taste to it. If you’re looking for a wine that is drier, go with the French option. If you’re going to have this wine with a meal, pair it with seafood or a light pasta dish.


This is a wine that thrives in Germany, but can also be found on the West coast of America. There are dry and sweet versions. If you see “spatlese”, then it’s the dry version. It will have a more intense fruit flavor with a fuller body. The drier Riesling will go well with light seafood along with salty and fried foods.


Over the years, dry white wines were always associated with cooking, but this understates the quality that they can provide as a drink. They make a great complement for many seafood dishes or would go well on its own too. They are most popular during the summer months, but can be enjoyed any time of the year.