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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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    Rombauer Chardonnay 2020
    Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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  • Trefethen Estate Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Trefethen Estate Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
    Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay 2019
    Chardonnay from California
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    • WW91
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  • Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio 2020  Front Label
    Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio 2020
    Pinot Gris/Grigio from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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    • Louis Latour Chassagne-Montrachet Morgeot Premier Cru 2018  Front Label
      Louis Latour Chassagne-Montrachet Morgeot Premier Cru 2018
      Chardonnay from Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    • Giesen Sauvignon Blanc 2020  Front Label
      Giesen Sauvignon Blanc 2020
      Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand
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      • WE89
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    • Far Niente Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
      Far Niente Chardonnay 2019
      Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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    • Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc 2020  Front Label
      Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc 2020
      Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand
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      • Raeburn Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
        Raeburn Chardonnay 2019
        Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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      • Henri Bourgeois Sancerre Les Baronnes Blanc 2020  Front Label
        Henri Bourgeois Sancerre Les Baronnes Blanc 2020
        Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre, Loire, France
        • WS90
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      • Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
        Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay 2018
        Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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        • JS92
        4.2 59 Ratings
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      • Sonoma-Cutrer Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
        Sonoma-Cutrer Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2019
        Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
        • TP92
        • WS90
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      • Henri Bourgeois Sancerre La Cote des Monts Damnes 2019  Front Label
        Henri Bourgeois Sancerre La Cote des Monts Damnes 2019
        Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre, Loire, France
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        • WE93
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      • Merry Edwards Sauvignon Blanc 2019  Front Label
        Merry Edwards Sauvignon Blanc 2019
        Sauvignon Blanc from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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      • Shafer Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
        Shafer Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay 2019
        Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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      • Chalk Hill Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
        Chalk Hill Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2019
        Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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        • W&S92
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      • Stags' Leap Winery Napa Valley Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
        Stags' Leap Winery Napa Valley Chardonnay 2019
        Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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        • RP90
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      • Stag's Leap Wine Cellars KARIA Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
        Stag's Leap Wine Cellars KARIA Chardonnay 2019
        Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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      • Craggy Range Winery Te Muna Road Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2020  Front Label
        Craggy Range Winery Te Muna Road Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2020
        Sauvignon Blanc from Martinborough, New Zealand
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      • Dr. Loosen Dr. L Riesling 2020  Front Label
        Dr. Loosen Dr. L Riesling 2020
        Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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      • Henri Bourgeois Sancerre Jadis 2017  Front Label
        Henri Bourgeois Sancerre Jadis 2017
        Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre, Loire, France
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        La Cana Albarino 2020
        Albarino from Rias Baixas, Spain
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        • WW91
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        Schug Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2020
        Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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        Santa Cristina by Antinori Pinot Grigio 2020
        Pinot Gris/Grigio from Italy
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        • Chloe Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
          Chloe Chardonnay 2019
          Chardonnay from Monterey, Central Coast, California
          • WE90
          4.0 97 Ratings
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