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The best white wine?

If you have already read our page about the best red wine to buy, then you will appreciate that our opinion differs to what experts, and certainly ?wine snobs? call the best white wine.

Why do we say that? Well, the ordinary mortal does not have, and cannot ever attain a nose and a palate as sensitive as the expert has. Remember that their diet is rarified so that their palates and taste buds remain as chaste as virgin snow, because their very existence depends on just that - an immaculate palate.

We, on the other hand, lead a more normal lifestyle where we probably eat what is cooked for us, possibly chew gum, drink spirits or beer, eat garlic and spices, any and all of which can ?ruin? a palate in the eyes of an expert wine taster.

So when we are asked, ?what is the best white wine??, we have to reply that it is whatever your palate agrees with best, based probably on price, the major factor for a great many people. "Do you prefer dry or sweet white wine?" is a good place to start.

Look at things this way - there are two of you at dinner and the Maitre d asks you to taste two bottles of white. You are not allowed to know the type, the price, provenance or anything about either bottle, other than one is worth ?200 and the other ?10.

All you have to do is taste them both and decide which is the best, but the loser pays for dinner.

This may surprise you but the odds are that you will decide the one costing a tenner is the better wine. Why? Because you are more used to drinking wines costing a tenner, whilst the more expensive bottle tastes a little strange.

So there we have it in a nutshell, the best white wine is most probably the type our palates are used to, and price may have little or nothing to do with it.