Light Bodied, Full Bodied, and Aromatic or Sweet white wines, are three common, distinctive groups of White Wines.
Light Bodied white wines like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc are some of the most popular wines in the world and for good reason. They are a great pairing for many different foods especially lighter fare and are easily consumed on their own like a cocktail. While not yet as well known in the United States, other light whites like Albarino, Gruner and Soave are similarly easy to match with many of your favorite foods and a great crowd pleasing choice.
Full bodied whites are a great crossover choice for Red wine lovers and can often include descriptions like creaminess or richness. Deeper fruit flavors and influence from oak barrel aging can often enhance the depth of flavors in Full bodied whites. The most recognized Full bodied white grape varietal would be Chardonnay.
Aromatic white wines are varietals like Riesling and Gewürztraminer. Rich aromas of fruit and spice often perfume the wine. These wines can range from sweet to very dry. Even the most dry(not sweet) Aromatic whites can have aromas so rich your palate can sense a touch of sweetness from the rich aromas lingering over the glass.