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What are the types of white wine?

From lean and crisp to oaky and buttery, white wine comes in an array of styles and is produced in almost every wine region of the world. Although only about 25 pale-skinned grapes make the majority of the white wine produced, hundreds of native varieties are important not only to local culture, but to the diversity of the global wine world. White wine styles range from a simple and refreshing aperitif to a robust accompaniment to a hearty meal and some of the best can age for decades.

How is white wine made?

To preserve freshness, aromatics and primary fruit flavors, white wines are often fermented at cooler temperatures than reds. Unlike red winemaking, the colorless juice is not typically left in contact with the grape skins during the fermentation process. The winemaker has the choice to encourage or prevent malolactic fermentation, which turns the tart acidity of grape juice into the softer, creamier flavors of wine. Another important decision when making white wine is whether and how to use oak—the barrels’ age, provenance and time holding the wine all help to determine the final style, in terms of both flavor and texture.

What gives white wine its color?

White wines can vary in color from nearly clear lemon-green to medium gold to pale orange or almost light brown, depending on grape variety, winemaking methods and age.

How do you serve white wine?

Ideally for storing white wine in any long-term sense, it should be at cellar temperature, about 55F. For serving, cool white wine down to about 45F to 55F. (Most refrigerators are colder than this.) As for drinking white wines, the best white wine glasses have a stem and a narrow bowl large enough to allow swirling without spilling.

How long does white wine last?

Opened, a bottle of white wine will stay fresh in the refrigerator for a couple of days to a week, maybe longer. Unopened, white wines stay good for one year to, in some cases, several decades. Assessing how long to hold on to a bottle is a complicated science. If you are planning to strategically store white wine, seek the advice of a wine professional.

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    Cakebread Chardonnay 2019
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        Wente Morning Fog Chardonnay 2019
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        Trefethen Estate Chardonnay 2018
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          Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc 2020
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          • Chloe Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
            Chloe Chardonnay 2019
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            William Fevre Chablis Les Preuses Grand Cru 2018
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            • La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
              La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2019
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                    • Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
                      Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay 2019
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                        Mer Soleil Santa Lucia Highlands Reserve Chardonnay 2018
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                        Sonoma-Cutrer Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2019
                        Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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                        Feudi di San Gregorio Falanghina 2019
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                      • El Enemigo  Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
                        El Enemigo Chardonnay 2018
                        Chardonnay from Mendoza, Argentina
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                        • RP93
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