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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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    Tokara Director's Reserve White 2016
    Bordeaux White Blends from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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    M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Meal Blanc 2016
    Marsanne from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Alpha Omega Chardonnay 2016  Front Label
    Alpha Omega Chardonnay 2016
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Domaines Schlumberger Les Princes Abbes Pinot Gris 2016 Front Label
    Domaines Schlumberger Les Princes Abbes Pinot Gris 2016
    Pinot Gris/Grigio from Alsace, France
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  • Bergstrom Sigrid Chardonnay 2016  Front Label
    Bergstrom Sigrid Chardonnay 2016
    Chardonnay from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Trimbach Pinot Blanc 2016 Front Label
    Trimbach Pinot Blanc 2016
    Pinot Blanc from Alsace, France
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  • Alchemist Chardonnay 2016  Front Label
    Alchemist Chardonnay 2016
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    • Foley Estate Winery Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay 2016  Front Label
      Foley Estate Winery Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay 2016
      Chardonnay from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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      • HdV Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay 2016  Front Label
        HdV Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay 2016
        Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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        S.A. Prum Mosel Riesling Kabinett Blue 2016
        Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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      • Passopisciaro Passobianco 2016  Front Label
        Passopisciaro Passobianco 2016
        Chardonnay from Sicily, Italy
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      • Brittan Chardonnay 2016 Front Label
        Brittan Chardonnay 2016
        Chardonnay from McMinnville, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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      • Joseph Drouhin Pouilly-Vinzelles 2016 Front Label
        Joseph Drouhin Pouilly-Vinzelles 2016
        Chardonnay from Pouilly-Vinzelles, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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      • Voyager Estate Chardonnay 2016  Front Label
        Voyager Estate Chardonnay 2016
        Chardonnay from Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia
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      • Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Vineyard Chardonnay 2016  Front Label
        Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Vineyard Chardonnay 2016
        Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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        • Pellet Estate Chardonnay 2016  Front Label
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          Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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          • Giesen Pinot Gris 2016 Front Label
            Giesen Pinot Gris 2016
            Pinot Gris/Grigio from Marlborough, New Zealand
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          • Chamisal Vineyards Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay 2016 Front Label
            Chamisal Vineyards Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay 2016
            Chardonnay from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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          • Chanin Los Alamos Vineyard Chardonnay 2016 Front Label
            Chanin Los Alamos Vineyard Chardonnay 2016
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          • Albert Boxler Pinot Blanc 2016 Front Label
            Albert Boxler Pinot Blanc 2016
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          • Chateau de Chantegrive Caroline Blanc 2016 Front Label
            Chateau de Chantegrive Caroline Blanc 2016
            Bordeaux White Blends from Graves, Bordeaux, France
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          • CVNE Monopole Clasico 2016 Front Label
            CVNE Monopole Clasico 2016
            Viura from Rioja, Spain
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            Brocard Bourgogne Kimmeridgien Chardonnay 2016
            Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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            • Ministry of Vinterior North Coast Chardonnay 2016 Front Label
              Ministry of Vinterior North Coast Chardonnay 2016
              Chardonnay from North Coast, California
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