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How To Choose Dry White Wine For Cooking and Drinking

You may be a pro in the kitchen already, but it’s not uncommon for you to want to up your culinary game from time to time, creating dishes that will surely blow everyone away. With that in mind, you’re already aware of how important the choice of wine is. And since the goal is to come up with mouth-watering culinary creations, consider dry white wine to be your helping hand.


Every good chef (that includes you as well!) and wine enthusiast recognises the tantalizing taste profile and versatility of dry white wine - no wonder why it’s considered a favourite! Surely, you’ve had your fair share of trying out countless varieties, and the experience has (almost) been foolproof every single time. However, due to the huge demand and diversity of production, the dry white wine market is highly oversaturated. With that, when you’re picking out the perfect bottle for you, either for cooking or drinking, you might find yourself at a dead end. So, allow us to provide some clarity!


As pioneers in Macedonian wine-making, we can assure you there’s no such thing as the ideal dry white wine. Each one is unique in its own right and people have varying opinions about their favourite varieties. Still, there are a few things you should pay attention to when picking up a bottle for your next occasion, as this will lead to your next go-to choice. That said, whether you’re preparing a savoury sauce for your next masterpiece of a dish or tasting to good fortune, understanding how to choose dry white wine can transform your dining experience.


What Is Dry White Wine?



Let’s start with the basics - what is dry white wine? Simply put, this is a beverage for those who prefer wine that isn’t too sweet. What makes it dri is its sugar content, or more specifically, the lack thereof.


After the fermentation process, white wines with minimal residual sugar are considered dry. There’s a vast variety of them, ranging from light and airy to full-bodied and heavily aromatic, meaning you have a world of choice that will lead you to an elevated dining experience. While you may have sipped on it before, you should know that dry white wine is the perfect addition for cooking as it can enhance the flavours, ultimately resulting in dishes with heavenly tastes.


Dry White Wine Characteristics


In essence, dry white wines are known for their crisp acidity, minimal sugar content, and tantalizing tastes and aromas. Still, there’s a lot more to them that makes this beverage so refreshing a food-friendly!


Here’s what you’ll need to pay attention to when picking out the right dry white wine for you.


  1. Sugar Content

As previously mentioned, what separates dry white wine from other varieties is its lack of sugar. At Tikves, we take control of sugar levels by using specific yeast strains and adjusting the temperature so that every bottle offers the perfect taste with every sip. Depending on the sugar level, dry white wines can be classified as very, medium, and off-dry.


  1. Flavour Profile


Another reason why dry white wine has garnered a lot of popularity throughout the years is because of its sweet flavour profile. In turn, this lets other notes and aromas take centre stage. Additionally, these wines also have higher alcohol content due to the longer fermentation process. As a result, you get to enjoy a nice, crisp flavour profile! Be careful though - too much of it can get you tipsy rather quickly!


  1. Versatility


Remember how we said dry white wine is the ultimate cooking addition? This is yet again because of their reduced sweetness! It can be used for cooking a variety of dishes such as chicken, pork, seafood, and vegetables as it perfectly complements these ingredients. However, you need to pay extra attention to the flavour profile and the wine’s quality. In other words, if it’s too strong and has a powerful and rich profile, the wine can overtake the dish’s taste, ultimately ruining it.


Benefits Of Using Dry White Wine For Cooking



Did you know that just a dash of dry white wine in home-cooked meals can elevate them to gastronomic levels? The acidity of these wines makes them an excellent tenderizer, ideal for making marinades or deglazing pans to create sauces that are beyond this world. Additionally, their complex flavour profile can add depth to stews, while seafood can taste much sweeter when paired with dry white wine while cooking.


Furthermore, you may also experience several health benefits when using dry white wines. They are known to have powerful antioxidants that help improve your cognitive function, in addition to heart and lung health protection. Lastly, because their alcohol content can cut through the fat, meat sauces can be much healthier when created with dry white wine.


How To Choose Dry White Wine


Choosing dry white wine is relatively easy - once you get the hang of it. Bear in mind that this is a trial-and-error process, meaning you’ll have to taste a bunch of them and assess their quality properly. Granted, this may take a bit longer than you’d want it to, but look at the bright side - you’ll get to try out all kinds of wines time and time again!


Here are the three main steps you should do when picking out dry white wine:


  1. Consider The Purpose


While some may believe you can use any dry white wine for cooking, the reality is much different. If you’re picking them out to drink, you have the freedom to pick whatever you like, whereas, for cooking, you’ll need to be more vigilant, especially when assessing their flavours. However, remember the rule of thumb - never cook with the wine that you wouldn’t let your guests drink.


  1. Check Out Their Flavours


As you already know, dry white wines boast so many different flavour profiles - that’s what makes them so special! Still, if you’re cooking with them, you’ll need to pay close attention to their flavours and notes. In the beginning, you may haven’t a clue about what you need to look for, but that will be taken care of in the next step. What you need to remember for now is not to pick wines that have a rather powerful aroma and taste. While you may believe that’s exactly what you need for your dishes, sometimes a less-than-desired effect may be achieved, meaning the wine can overpower the flavour of the dish, and this is exactly what you don’t want!


  1. Wine Assessment


Throughout this blog, we kept mentioning how you’ll need to spend time assessing the wine’s quality. This may seem a bit daunting at first, but trust us - it’s a world of fun!



Pick up a few different dry white wine bottles and learn about their flavour profiles. More specifically, pay attention to their aroma when swirled, what notes you feel when drinking it whether fruity or earthy and finally - their aftertaste. To keep track of everything, take written notes and use your own words - no need for those expert wine connoisseurs use. Finally, ensure that the flavour profile is suitable for the dish you’re planning to make. Typically, the recipe itself will let you know what you need to look out for.


Again, learning wine assessment may take a while, but it is surely beneficial, especially if this is your favourite drink! To find out more on how to correctly evaluate wines’ flavour profiles, check out this blog.


Tikves Dry White Wine Recommendations For Cooking & Drinking


Even with all this information, picking out the right dry white wine may pose a challenge. Luckily, you have us in your corner to provide some excellent suggestions, directly from the heart of Macedonia’s best vineyards. With that said, enjoy our recommendations for Tikves dry white wines.


Offering a vast spectrum of flavours and aromas, Sauvignon Blanc is ideally paired with “heavy” foods as it effortlessly breaks off their richness. When it comes to cooking, on the other hand, it is great for enhancing seafood freshness, bringing a touch of the Mediterranean directly to your home!



Although Chardonnay’s fame isn’t pristine, you simply cannot deny its one-of-a-kind taste! It usually has an instantly recognisable oaky finish when drunk, but it can also be used for cooking as well. Namely, full-bodied Chardonnays are to go-to option for cooking cream-based sauces and soups, while lighter, more fruitier options, can spice up chicken and fish dishes.



You can never go wrong with a bottle of Riesling if you’re hosting an Asian-fusion dinner night. This dry white wine can balance the spices of the dishes, whereas, for drinking, its aromatic and floral notes provide a crisp finish, perfect for those who want a taste somewhere between sweet and dry.



Choosing the right dry white wine, whether it’s for drinking or cooking, has never been easier thanks to this guide! By understanding the wine’s characteristics and varieties, you can elevate your experience, making it much more enjoyable in the long run! So head to our store, pick up some of the abovementioned recommendations, and revel in the marvelousness of Tikves wines with every sip!

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