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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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    Vigilance Sauvignon Blanc 2019
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      David Arthur Chardonnay 2014
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    • Rombauer Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2019  Front Label
      Rombauer Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2019
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        Jean-Francois Merieau L'Arpent des Vaudons 2016
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        • Knotty Vines Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
          Knotty Vines Chardonnay 2018
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            Planeta Cometa Fiano 2018
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          • David Bruce Russian River Chardonnay 2016 Front Label
            David Bruce Russian River Chardonnay 2016
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          • Napa Cellars Sauvignon Blanc 2018  Front Label
            Napa Cellars Sauvignon Blanc 2018
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          • Clos du Bois Russian River Valley Reserve Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
            Clos du Bois Russian River Valley Reserve Chardonnay 2017
            Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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            • San Simeon Stefano Vineyard Viognier 2018  Front Label
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              Viognier from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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            • Domaine Anderson Estate Chardonnay 2016  Front Label
              Domaine Anderson Estate Chardonnay 2016
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              • Chalk Hill Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2018  Front Label
                Chalk Hill Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2018
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              • Shannon Ridge Buck Shack White Tail Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
                Shannon Ridge Buck Shack White Tail Chardonnay 2018
                Chardonnay from Lake County, North Coast, California
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                • Kendall-Jackson Jackson Estate Camelot Highlands Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
                  Kendall-Jackson Jackson Estate Camelot Highlands Chardonnay 2018
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                • Murrieta's Well The Whip 2017  Front Label
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                • AVA Grace Sauvignon Blanc 2019  Front Label
                  AVA Grace Sauvignon Blanc 2019
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                    Scholium Project The Sylphs Chardonnay 2013
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                    • AVA Grace Pinot Grigio 2019  Front Label
                      AVA Grace Pinot Grigio 2019
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                      • Maddalena Pinot Grigio 2019  Front Label
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                        • Neil Ellis Groenekloof Sauvignon Blanc 2015 Front Label
                          Neil Ellis Groenekloof Sauvignon Blanc 2015
                          Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
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                          Cote des Roses Sauvignon Blanc 2019
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                        • Cote des Roses Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
                          Cote des Roses Chardonnay 2018
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