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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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    Henri Bourgeois Sancerre Jadis 2017
    Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre, Loire, France
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  • Stonestreet Estate Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Stonestreet Estate Chardonnay 2017
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    Clos des Lunes Lune d'Argent 2017
    Bordeaux White Blends from Sauternes, Bordeaux, France
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    Henri Bourgeois La Bourgeoise Blanc 2017
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    Yalumba Samuel's Collection Eden Valley Viognier 2017
    Viognier from Eden Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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  • Domaine Antoine Jobard St-Aubin Sur le Sentier du Clou Premier Cru 2017  Front Label
    Domaine Antoine Jobard St-Aubin Sur le Sentier du Clou Premier Cru 2017
    Chardonnay from St-Aubin, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    • Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
      Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay 2017
      Chardonnay from Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia
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      Chateau Suduiraut Le Blanc Sec de Suduiraut 2017
      Bordeaux White Blends from Bordeaux, France
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      Jean-Luc Colombo Cotes du Rhone Les Abeilles Blanc 2017
      Rhone White Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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    • Domaine Robert-Denogent Pouilly-Fuisse La Croix Vieilles Vignes 2017  Front Label
      Domaine Robert-Denogent Pouilly-Fuisse La Croix Vieilles Vignes 2017
      Chardonnay from Pouilly-Fuisse, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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    • Newton Unfiltered Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
      Newton Unfiltered Chardonnay 2017
      Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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      Lincourt Rancho Santa Rosa Chardonnay 2017
      Chardonnay from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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      Cuvee Sauvage Russian River Chardonnay 2017
      Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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      Copain Les Voisins Chardonnay 2017
      Chardonnay from Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California
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      Marco Felluga Molamatta Collio Bianco 2017
      Other White Blends from Collio Goriziano, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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        Au Contraire Russian River Chardonnay 2017
        Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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        Willm Clos Gaensbroennel Gewurztraminer 2017
        Gewurztraminer from Alsace, France
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        • Acrobat Pinot Gris 2017  Front Label
          Acrobat Pinot Gris 2017
          Pinot Gris/Grigio from Oregon
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          Other White Blends from Txakolina, Spain
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        • Chamisal Vineyards Monterey Chardonnay 2017 Front Label
          Chamisal Vineyards Monterey Chardonnay 2017
          Chardonnay from Monterey, Central Coast, California
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          Albarino from Edna Valley, Central Coast, California
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          Domaine Louis Moreau Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru 2017
          Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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          Planeta Eruzione 1614 Carricante 2017
          Carricante from Sicily, Italy
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          Patz & Hall Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2017
          Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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