When you hear “white wine,” what immediately springs to mind? Undoubtedly 90% of you thought, “Chardonnay.” Maybe a couple thought of Sauvignon Blanc. But what about Gruner Veltliner, Pinot Gris, Chenin Blanc or Riesling? As consumers’ interest and knowledge in wine sky-rockets, it seems that winemakers are feeling free to experiment with more obscure white wine varietals or to bring to the marketplace wines that they previously only enjoyed locally. The rising popularity of white wines may also be due in part to their ability to match well with Americans’ current eating trends, which lean toward seafood, salads, Asian food and spicy food.