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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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  • Paul Hobbs Cuvee Agustina Chardonnay 2005  Front Label
    Paul Hobbs Cuvee Agustina Chardonnay 2005
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Mountain, Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Albert Bichot Chablis Domaine Long-Depaquit Moutonne Grand Cru Monopole 2005  Front Label
    Albert Bichot Chablis Domaine Long-Depaquit Moutonne Grand Cru Monopole 2005
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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    • Sine Qua Non The Petition 2005  Front Label
      Sine Qua Non The Petition 2005
      Other White Blends from Central Coast, California
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    • Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Spatlese 2005 Front Label
      Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Spatlese 2005
      Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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    • Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Chardonnay 2005 Front Label
      Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Chardonnay 2005
      Chardonnay from Central Coast, California
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    • Simi Sonoma County Chardonnay 2005 Front Label
      Simi Sonoma County Chardonnay 2005
      Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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    • Domaine des Baumard Carte d'Or Coteaux du Layon 2005 Front Label
      Domaine des Baumard Carte d'Or Coteaux du Layon 2005
      Chenin Blanc from Loire, France
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    • Kistler Vineyards Stone Flat Vineyard Chardonnay 2005 Front Label
      Kistler Vineyards Stone Flat Vineyard Chardonnay 2005
      Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    • Bodegas Montecillo Blanco 2005 Front Label
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      • Dr. Thanisch Riesling Classic 2005 Front Label
        Dr. Thanisch Riesling Classic 2005
        Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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      • Bayten Buitenverwachting Riesling 2005 Front Label
        Bayten Buitenverwachting Riesling 2005
        Riesling from South Africa
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      • Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler Brauneberger Juffer Riesling Spatlese 2005 Front Label
        Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler Brauneberger Juffer Riesling Spatlese 2005
        Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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        • Marcassin Three Sisters Vineyard Chardonnay 2005 Front Label
          Marcassin Three Sisters Vineyard Chardonnay 2005
          Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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        • Los Vascos Sauvignon Blanc 2005 Front Label
          Los Vascos Sauvignon Blanc 2005
          Sauvignon Blanc from Chile
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        • Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Chardonnay 2005 Front Label
          Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Chardonnay 2005
          Chardonnay from Chile
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          Marcassin Marcassin Vineyard Chardonnay 2005
          Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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        • Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2005 Front Label
          Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2005
          Sauvignon Blanc from California
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        • Cakebread Sauvignon Blanc 2005 Front Label
          Cakebread Sauvignon Blanc 2005
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          • Riff Pinot Grigio 2005 Front Label
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              Robert Mondavi Fume Blanc 2005
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              • Villa Maria Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2005 Front Label
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              • Cambria Katherine's Vineyard Chardonnay 2005 Front Label
                Cambria Katherine's Vineyard Chardonnay 2005
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                  • Domaine Matrot Puligny Montrachet Premier Cru Les Chalumeaux 2005 Front Label
                    Domaine Matrot Puligny Montrachet Premier Cru Les Chalumeaux 2005
                    Chardonnay from Puligny-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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                  • Lucien Albrecht Reserve Riesling 2005 Front Label
                    Lucien Albrecht Reserve Riesling 2005
                    Riesling from Alsace, France
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