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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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    Other White Wine from Tuscany, Italy
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    • Kalin Semillon 2001  Front Label
      Kalin Semillon 2001
      Semillon from Livermore Valley, Central Coast, California
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      Sine Qua Non Albino 2001
      Other White Blends from California
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      Principessa Gavia Perlante 2001
      Other White Blends from Piedmont, Italy
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      • Nepenthe Sauvignon Blanc 2001 Front Label
        Nepenthe Sauvignon Blanc 2001
        Sauvignon Blanc from Australia
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      • Dry Creek Vineyard Reserve Chardonnay 2001 Front Label
        Dry Creek Vineyard Reserve Chardonnay 2001
        Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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        • Concha y Toro Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon 2001
          Bordeaux White Blends from Chile
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          • Indigo Hills Chardonnay 2001 Front Label
            Indigo Hills Chardonnay 2001
            Chardonnay from Central Coast, California
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            • Murphy-Goode Reserve Fume Blanc 2001 Front Label
              Murphy-Goode Reserve Fume Blanc 2001
              Sauvignon Blanc from Sonoma County, California
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                Chardonnay from Chile
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                • Girard Russian River Chardonnay 2001 Front Label
                  Girard Russian River Chardonnay 2001
                  Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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                • Studert-Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spatlese 2001 Front Label
                  Studert-Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spatlese 2001
                  Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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                  • Donnhoff Oberhauser Brucke Riesling Spatlese 2001 Front Label
                    Donnhoff Oberhauser Brucke Riesling Spatlese 2001
                    Riesling from Nahe, Germany
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                    Caliterra Chardonnay 2001
                    Chardonnay from Chile
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                    • J.J. Prum Graacher Himmelreich Spatlese Riesling AP #1302 2001 Front Label
                      J.J. Prum Graacher Himmelreich Spatlese Riesling AP #1302 2001
                      Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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                    • Dr. Loosen Erdener Pralat Auslese GK A P# 4002 (375ml half-bottle) 2001 Front Label
                      Dr. Loosen Erdener Pralat Auslese GK A P# 4002 (375ml half-bottle) 2001
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                    • Matanzas Creek Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc 2001 Front Label
                      Matanzas Creek Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc 2001
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                    • Jacques et Francois Lurton Pays d'Oc Chardonnay 2001
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                      • Argyle Chardonnay 2001 Front Label
                        Argyle Chardonnay 2001
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                      • Wolffer Estate Chardonnay The Hamptons Long Island La Ferme Marti 2001 Front Label
                        Wolffer Estate Chardonnay The Hamptons Long Island La Ferme Marti 2001
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                        • Markham Sauvignon Blanc 2001 Front Label
                          Markham Sauvignon Blanc 2001
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                            • Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay 2001  Front Label
                              Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay 2001
                              Chardonnay from Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia
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                            • Artesa Carneros Chardonnay 2001 Front Label
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