Risette’s White Wine Guide

Our white wine guide is here to help you choose a quality white wine to accompany your lunch or dinner. There is an abundance of choice of white wine, so whatever dish is on our dynamic menu, there will be a white wine to suit your tastes and preferences.

Back To Basics

Let’s start with the basics. White wine has been fermented without contact with the skin of the grapes. The colour of white wine can be classed as anything from straw-yellow to yellow-green and even yellow-gold. White wine can in fact be produced from red grapes, if the skin of the grape is removed, though it is mainly made from green or yellow grapes. Champagne for example is most often produced by using Pinot Noir.

At Risette we have separated our wine list into explanatory sections to help you chose what is right for you from fresh and energetic, to light bodied, to aromatic, to complex and finally to sweet wines. With over 30 white wines on the list there is most definitely something to suit everyone’s palette. We are going to start with three of the world’s most popular varieties to get you going.


This has got to be the most popular wine on the planet, so the obvious starting point for your white wine journey. Chardonnay however does have its detractors. Many people aren’t fans of the oaked version, but give it a try if you haven’t already, as you might love its deep flavours. The fans of an oaked Chardonnay love the rich buttery vanilla tones and the luscious richness that delivers a more robust mouthfeel that will stand up with steak.

If oaked Chardonnay seems too rich, then un-oaked Chardonnay, made popular by French Chablis, might be worth trying as it has none of the vanilla notes that some may find unpleasant on the palate. You may also like Chenin Blanc which is similar.

If you do enjoy oaked Chardonnay then you may well also be a fan of other oaked white wines such as white Bordeaux, Gruner Veltliner and Viognier.

Sauvignon Blanc

This wine originated like many others in old-world France, however it has been popularised for the modern palate by the new wine world of New Zealand, particularly within the Marlborough region.  It will remind you of a summer’s day with the aroma of freshly cut grass and with a vibrant acidity that is achingly refreshing. If you prefer something a little more subdued then pick out a Sancerre, which has a more refined finish. If Sauvignon Blanc has tickled your fancy, then you should also try Vermentino or Verdicchio from Italy; or an Argentinean Torrontes.


This is often incorrectly thought of as a very sweet wine, however, some of the very best Riesling’s are in fact the driest wines one can drink. To ensure that you are starting with the best then pick a Riesling from Austria, the Alsace region of France or Germany, but only if labelled Trocken (German for dry). The flavours in these regions are adored by Riesling connoisseurs as they are packed with lemon, lime, pineapple and apricot flavours, without the sweetness often associated with Riesling. However, if it is sweetness that is your weakness then you will find varieties from Germany as well the United States are to your taste. If a sweeter Riesling is for you then you might want to give Moscato and Gewurztraminer a try next.

Risette Recommendations

If you are new to white wine and to pairing white wine with food, or you simply just fancy trying something different from your usual choice, then our front-of-house team at Risette are there to help you chose the perfect wine to accompany your menu choices all the way from appetiser to dessert.

The wine list has been chosen to compliment the work of Head Chef Andrew Borg in the kitchen. Just to keep you on your toes, there will also be something on the list that appears every now and then that is a little bit more experimental, so be sure to visit us regularly if you like to try new things. Just ask our team for some suggestions, if you let us know what style of wine suits your taste then we will lead you to your next wine destination!