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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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  • Hiruzta Txakoli 2020  Front Label
    Hiruzta Txakoli 2020
    Other White Wine from Txakolina, Spain
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  • Stadt Krems Gruner Veltliner Kremstal 2020  Front Label
    Stadt Krems Gruner Veltliner Kremstal 2020
    Gruner Veltliner from Kremstal, Austria
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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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  • Tornatore Pietrarizzo Etna Bianco 2019  Front Label
    Tornatore Pietrarizzo Etna Bianco 2019
    Carricante from Sicily, Italy
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  • Amalaya Blanco 2020  Front Label
    Amalaya Blanco 2020
    Torrontes from Argentina
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  • Brocard Chablis Montee de Tonnerre Premier Cru 2018  Front Label
    Brocard Chablis Montee de Tonnerre Premier Cru 2018
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Willm Gewurztraminer Reserve 2019  Front Label
    Willm Gewurztraminer Reserve 2019
    Gewurztraminer from Alsace, France
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  • Douloufakis Dafnios White 2020  Front Label
    Douloufakis Dafnios White 2020
    Other White Wine from Crete, Greece
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  • Ramey Russian River Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Ramey Russian River Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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    • WW92
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  • Chateau de Santenay Mercurey Blanc 2018  Front Label
    Chateau de Santenay Mercurey Blanc 2018
    Chardonnay from Mercurey, Cote Chalonnaise, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Roux Pere & Fils Macon La Roche Vineuse 2020  Front Label
    Domaine Roux Pere & Fils Macon La Roche Vineuse 2020
    Chardonnay from Macon Villages, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
    • WW90
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  • Zolo Torrontes 2020  Front Label
    Zolo Torrontes 2020
    Torrontes from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Paul Cluver Sauvignon Blanc 2020  Front Label
    Paul Cluver Sauvignon Blanc 2020
    Sauvignon Blanc from Elgin, South Africa
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    • Lagar de Cervera Pazo de Seoane 2020  Front Label
      Lagar de Cervera Pazo de Seoane 2020
      Other White Blends from Rias Baixas, Spain
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    • Marques de Caceres Verdejo 2020  Front Label
      Marques de Caceres Verdejo 2020
      Verdejo from Rueda, Spain
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      • TP90
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    • Louis Latour Montagny Les Buys 2019  Front Label
      Louis Latour Montagny Les Buys 2019
      Chardonnay from Montagny, Cote Chalonnaise, Burgundy, France
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      • Susana Balbo Brioso White Blend 2020  Front Label
        Susana Balbo Brioso White Blend 2020
        Other White Blends from Mendoza, Argentina
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        • Ancient Peaks Chardonnay 2020  Front Label
          Ancient Peaks Chardonnay 2020
          Chardonnay from Santa Margarita Ranch, Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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        • Heinz Eifel Mosel Riesling Spatlese 2020  Front Label
          Heinz Eifel Mosel Riesling Spatlese 2020
          Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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          • Chateau de Saint Cosme Little James Basket Press Blanc 2020  Front Label
            Chateau de Saint Cosme Little James Basket Press Blanc 2020
            Rhone White Blends from Pays d’Oc, South of France, France
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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
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            • Ferrari-Carano Tre Terre Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
              Ferrari-Carano Tre Terre Chardonnay 2018
              Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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              • Domaine de la Solitude Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2020  Front Label
                Domaine de la Solitude Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2020
                Rhone White Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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                • Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Bianco 2020  Front Label
                  Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Bianco 2020
                  Other White Blends from Sicily, Italy
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                • Umani Ronchi Terre di Chieti Vellodoro Pecorino 2020  Front Label
                  Umani Ronchi Terre di Chieti Vellodoro Pecorino 2020
                  Other White Wine from Abruzzo, Italy
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                  • TP91
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