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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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  • d'Arenberg The Dry Dam Riesling 1996 Front Label
    d'Arenberg The Dry Dam Riesling 1996
    Riesling from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
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    • Trimbach Ribeaupierre Gewurztraminer 1996
      Gewurztraminer from Alsace, France
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      • Hogue Genesis Crawford Vineyard Chardonnay 1996 Front Label
        Hogue Genesis Crawford Vineyard Chardonnay 1996
        Chardonnay from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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          Di Majo Norante Fiano 1996
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          • Louis Jadot Macon-Villages (375ML Half-bottle) 1996 Front Label
            Louis Jadot Macon-Villages (375ML Half-bottle) 1996
            Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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            • Domaine des Baumard Clos de Sainte Catherine Coteaux du Layon 1996
              Chenin Blanc from Loire, France
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              • Ch. Reynella Chardonnay 1996 Front Label
                Ch. Reynella Chardonnay 1996
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                • Louis Jadot Macon-Villages 1996 Front Label
                  Louis Jadot Macon-Villages 1996
                  Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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                  • Penfolds The Valleys Chardonnay 1996
                    Chardonnay from Australia
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                    • Santa Carolina Chardonnay Reserva (1.5L) 1996
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                      • Lagaria Chardonnay (1.5L) 1996
                        Chardonnay from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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                        • M. Picard Chardonnay Vin de Pays 1996
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                          • Bethany Creek Chardonnay 1996
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                            • Stonestreet Sonoma Chardonnay (half-bottle) 1996
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                              • Rosenblum Cellars Semillon-Chardonnay 1996
                                Other White Blends from California
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                                • Tollo Trebbiano DAbruzzo 1996
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                                  • Torre Rosazza Pinot Grigio 1996
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                                    • Meridian Santa Barbara Gewurztraminer 1996 Front Label
                                      Meridian 1997 Santa Barbara Gewurztraminer 1996
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                                      • Schmitt Sohne Ockfener Bockstein Riesling Kabinett 1996
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                                        • Errazuriz Chardonnay 1996 Front Label
                                          Errazuriz Chardonnay 1996
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                                          • Antonin Rodet Les Gravains Savigny les Beaune 1996
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                                            • Seaview Sauvignon Blanc 1996
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                                              • Lorane Valley Chardonnay 1996 Front Label
                                                Lorane Valley Chardonnay 1996
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                                                Yarden Sauvignon Blanc (OU Kosher) 1996
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