In recent years, Wine Spectator's Thomas Matthews has found himself increasingly choosing white wines, both as aperitifs and to accompany a widening variety of dishes at the table. And among whites, he's turning more frequently to lighter, crisper versions. Many grape varieties and wine regions around the world deliver this fruit-centered style. Fine examples include Sancerre from France, Pinot Grigio from northeastern Italy, Assyrtiko from Greece and Albariño from Spain. The wine types he's chosen to highlight here come from different countries and are based on different grapes. What they have in common are pleasing herbaceous flavors to balance their fruit, a general avoidance of oak influence and a consistent delivery of value for money.
From the Feb 28, 2014, issue