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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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    Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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      d'Arenberg The Dry Dam Riesling 1996
      Riesling from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
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        Grechetto from Italy
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          Marco Felluga Collio Molamatta 1996
          Other White Blends from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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            Frescobaldi Pomino Bianco 1996
            Other White Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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            • Mirassou Harvest Reserve Pinot Blanc 1996
              Pinot Blanc from Central Coast, California
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                Di Majo Norante Fiano 1996
                Other White Blends from Italy
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                  Louis Jadot Macon-Villages (375ML half-bottle) 1996
                  Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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                  • Montevina Aleatico 1996
                    Muscat from Sierra Foothills, California
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                      MezzaCorona Pinot Grigio (1.5 L) 1996
                      Pinot Gris/Grigio from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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                        Horton Marsanne 1996
                        Marsanne from Virginia, Other U.S.
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                        • Pierre Sparr Carte dOr Pinot Gris 1996
                          Pinot Gris/Grigio from Alsace, France
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                            Edmeades Gewurztraminer 1996
                            Gewurztraminer from California
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                              Coudoulet de Beaucastel Cotes-du-Rhone Blanc 1996
                              Rhone White Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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                              • Penfolds The Valleys Chardonnay 1996
                                Chardonnay from Australia
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                                • Tessera Chardonnay 1996
                                  Chardonnay from California
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                                    Simi Sauvignon Blanc 1996
                                    Sauvignon Blanc from Sonoma County, California
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                                      Trimbach Riesling (half-bottle) 1996
                                      Riesling from Alsace, France
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                                        Louis Jadot Macon-Villages 1996
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                                          Van Asperen Chardonnay 1996
                                          Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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                                          • Santa Carolina Chardonnay Reserva (1.5L) 1996
                                            Chardonnay from Chile
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                                            • Bollini Chardonnay 1996
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                                                Ch. Reynella Chardonnay 1996
                                                Chardonnay from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
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                                                  Errazuriz Chardonnay 1996
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                                                  • Seppelt Black Label Chardonnay 1996
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