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What are the types and styles 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 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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    Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay 2018
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    Rombauer Chardonnay 2019
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    Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc 2020
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      • Wente Morning Fog Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
        Wente Morning Fog Chardonnay 2019
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          Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2018
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          Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay 2017
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          Domaine Drouhin Vaudon Chablis 2018
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          Dr. Loosen Dr. L Riesling 2019
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          Landmark Overlook Chardonnay 2018
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          Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Chardonnay 2017
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          Craggy Range Winery Te Muna Road Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2019
          Sauvignon Blanc from Martinborough, New Zealand
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          Far Niente Chardonnay 2018
          Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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          Mer Soleil Santa Lucia Highlands Reserve Chardonnay 2018
          Chardonnay from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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          Chateau Ste. Michelle Harvest Select Sweet Riesling 2018
          Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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          • Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2020  Front Label
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            Loveblock Sauvignon Blanc 2019
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            Dog Point Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2018
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          • Ziobaffa Organic Pinot Grigio 2019  Front Label
            Ziobaffa Organic Pinot Grigio 2019
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                Hartford Court Russian River Chardonnay 2018
                Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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