Mary Margaret McCamic

Location: Carrboro, NC

Based in North Carolina, I'm a wine instructor at The Chef's Academy and owner of The Clever Vine, a wine consulting and education service. I hold the WSET Diploma and have a strong background in French wine, with a special interest in the Loire Valley.

Dry Whites with Expressive Noses from Around the World

Some wines just pull you in with their aromas, with noses that almost literally jump out of the glass when you go in for a smell. I love a wine with an expressive nose, but many times people associate these floral, perfumed, fruity noses with sweet wines. There are many, however, with pretty, fruity and floral noses that are quite dry - a combination that's often surprising people. Here's a sampling of such white wines.

Rank Wine Rating Price
1 Xavier Gerard Viognier Vdp des Collines Rhodaniennes (2009)
Comments: A lovely example of Viognier from the Rhone. This example shows off pretty citrus fruit and floral aromas. Medium-bodied, dry, and perfectly elegant.
Previously available for $32.99
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2 Colterenzio Pfeffer Moscato Giallo (2009)
Comments: This is such a surprising wine for people who see Moscato and automatically think sweet. It has the pronounced aromas - peach, floral, and perfumed - but with a dry finish.
Average price: $11.62 from 1 store
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3 Alexakis Vidiano (2010)
Comments: The aromatics on this wine leap out of the glass, showing white flowers, honeysuckle, and perfume. The palate is medium in body, with zesty citrus notes, and has a pleasantly dry finish.
Previously available for $12.31
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4 Foris Gewürztraminer Rogue Valley (2009)
Comments: Pronounced aromatics - very classically Gewurztraminer with sweet spices, roses, and a hint of grapefruit. Soft and full in the mouth, with fruit notes that echo the nose. Very tasty.
Previously available for $11.19
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5 Heidi Schröck Gelber Muskateller Rust (2010)
Comments: Lovely, perfumed nose with a pretty orange blossom note. Concentrated floral and stone-ish fruit, with a clean, dry finish.
Previously available for $24.99
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