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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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  • Domaine des Baumard Coteaux du Layon Cuvee Le Paon 1997  Front Label
    Domaine des Baumard Coteaux du Layon Cuvee Le Paon 1997
    Chenin Blanc from Loire, France
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    • Cuvaison Reserve Chardonnay 1997 Front Label
      Cuvaison Reserve Chardonnay 1997
      Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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      • Jermann Chardonnay 1997 Front Label
        Jermann Chardonnay 1997
        Chardonnay from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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        • Coldstream Hills Reserve Chardonnay 1997 Front Label
          Coldstream Hills Reserve Chardonnay 1997
          Chardonnay from Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia
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        • Ferrari-Carano Reserve Chardonnay 1997 Front Label
          Ferrari-Carano Reserve Chardonnay 1997
          Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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          • Trefethen Eshcol Chardonnay 1997
            Chardonnay from California
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            • B.R. Cohn Joseph Herman Vineyard Carneros Chardonnay 1997 Front Label
              B.R. Cohn Joseph Herman Vineyard Carneros Chardonnay 1997
              Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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              • Cecchi Vernaccia di San Gimignano 1997 Front Label
                Cecchi Vernaccia di San Gimignano 1997
                Vernaccia from Tuscany, Italy
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                • Caliterra Sauvignon Blanc 1997 Front Label
                  Caliterra Sauvignon Blanc 1997
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                  • Bollini Reserve Pinot Grigio 1997 Front Label
                    Bollini Reserve Pinot Grigio 1997
                    Pinot Gris/Grigio from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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                    • Seppelt Corella Ridge Chardonnay 1997 Front Label
                      Seppelt Corella Ridge Chardonnay 1997
                      Chardonnay from Australia
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                      • King Estate Pinot Gris 1997 Front Label
                        King Estate Pinot Gris 1997
                        Pinot Gris/Grigio from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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                      • Chalk Hill Sauvignon Blanc 1997
                        Sauvignon Blanc from Sonoma County, California
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                        • Kunde Kinneybrook Chardonnay 1997 Front Label
                          Kunde Kinneybrook Chardonnay 1997
                          Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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                          • Kunde C.S. Ridge Chardonnay 1997
                            Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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                            • Pierre Sparr Mambourg Grand Cru Gewurztraminer 1997
                              Gewurztraminer from Alsace, France
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                              • Rutherford Hill Chardonnay 1997 Front Label
                                Rutherford Hill Chardonnay 1997
                                Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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                                • Chateau Ste. Michelle Reserve Chardonnay 1997
                                  Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                                • Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Chardonnay 1997 Front Label
                                  Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Chardonnay 1997
                                  Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                                • Villa Mt. Eden Grand Reserve Pinot Blanc 1997
                                  Pinot Blanc from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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                                  • Penfolds Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 1997 Front Label
                                    Penfolds Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 1997
                                    Chardonnay from Adelaide Hills, South Australia, Australia
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                                  • Wolf Blass Presidents Selection Chardonnay 1997 Front Label
                                    Wolf Blass Presidents Selection Chardonnay 1997
                                    Chardonnay from Australia
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                                    • Domaines Schlumberger Kitterle Grand Cru Pinot Gris 1997 Front Label
                                      Domaines Schlumberger Kitterle Grand Cru Pinot Gris 1997
                                      Pinot Gris/Grigio from Alsace, France
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                                      • Cascade Ridge Chardonnay 1997 Front Label
                                        Cascade Ridge Chardonnay 1997
                                        Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                                        • Firestone Sauvignon Blanc 1997 Front Label
                                          Firestone Sauvignon Blanc 1997
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