Red-wine blends are popular suggestions among the wine experts we consult for Vino File. Today, we decided to take a look at white-wine blends, which seem less common but come out of the woodwork when you take a closer look.

Red-wine blends are popular suggestions among the wine experts we consult for Vino File. Today, we decided to take a look at white-wine blends, which seem less common but come out of the woodwork when you take a closer look.

Dennis Domini, wine department manager at The Andersons on Brice Road, said white blends are made in regions that span the globe.

The grapes that are listed as the majority ingredients make up most of the wine's character. But the small amounts of other varietals, when combined, put a distinctly different edge on things, Domini said.

"For example, when they put in muscat and reisling, it takes the edge off drier wines," he said. "It's adding residual sugar, which changes the profile of that bottle significantly."

In some cases, producers ferment each grape separately, blending everything together prior to bottling and adding to the bottle's complexity. Others process the grapes all at once.

Some producers come up with proprietary names for their brews; others call them "white table wine" and decline to reveal exactly what varietals are in the bottle, adding an element of intrigue. Domini showed us some of The Andersons' selection of white blends. -Brittany Kress

Ipsum (2007)

Region: Rueda, Spain

Cost: $12

Grapes: Verdejo, viura

Flavors: Minerality and little acidity, with apple and pear notes

Pairs well with: Chicken, pasta or fish

Estampa (2008)

Region: Colchagua Valley, Chile

Cost: $10

Grapes: Viognier, chardonnay

Flavors: Medium-bodied, with bright acidity and freshness

Pairs well with: Anything you can squeeze a lemon over, as well as cream sauces and sushi

Folie A Deux Menage a Trois (2007)

Region: Napa Valley, California

Cost: $12

Grapes: Chardonnay, muscat and chenin blanc

Flavors: Sweet and spicy, with ripe and jammy character

Pairs well with: Grilled meat or chicken