Although the current fashion is for rich, oaky wines with alcohol levels that can often climb to 14 percent, light, low-alcohol whites are still being made in Europe and other parts of the world. Whether intense and complex or simple and accessible, these lower-alcohol alternatives are some of the most food-friendly and refreshing drinks of the season.
Finding Light Whites
Germany is, without question, the most important producer of lower-alcohol wines, but Italy, Switzerland and France supply their share as well. Other sources include Greece and Portugal (whose Vinho Verdes can be as little as 8.5 percent alcohol) and even unexpected places such as Napa.