What are the most popular white wines? There are many, too many to go into detail about. But if you would like a list of some major players that you might see on any wine list then here you go.
First and foremost, you will likely find a Chardonnay on any wine list you look at. This wine is likely to be dry and bolder than many other white wines.
Most Chardonnays are aged in oak barrels which can give them a butter like flavor. There are however Chardonnays that are not aged in oak that are more fruit flavored. These are a little rarer, but you can find them on occasion.
Another very popular white wine is Pinot Grigio. This grape is actually a mutation from the Pinot grape used to make Pinot Noir. It is the probably the most popular wine produced in Italy. It is a crisp, dry wine.
Similar to a Pinot Grigio is a Sauvignon Blanc. It is also lighter than a Chardonnay, but still a dry white wine.
On the sweeter side of things you have a 2 wines that originated in Germany: Riesling and Gewurztrminer. You may have never heard of the latter. It has a very different and distinct taste. If you want to try it, you might want to ask for a sample first before you commit to a whole glass or bottle. This is not to say that it is not good, on the contrary. It is merely saying that it is a different taste.
You may also find a Viognier on a wine list although not all wine lists. This grape is from France and is a bit rare. If you have a chance to try this wine, you really should. It is a dry wine with fruit flavors like peach, apple, and apricot.
Anything else on a wine list, you might want to ask about or ask for a sample. If you are at a nice place, the servers have usually sampled all of the wines so they can help customers make decisions. If you are at a very nice place then you may encounter a wine steward, which is always a treat.