Learn about white wine — the range of styles, how it’s made and more ...
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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Geyser Peak Ricci Chardonnay 2002Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
Raphael 2006 Grand Cru Chardonnay 2002Chardonnay from New York, Other U.S.
Vinum Cellars Chard-No-Way (dry Chenin Blanc) 2002Chenin Blanc from California
Santa Margherita Pinot Bianco 2002Pinot Blanc from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
Wente Sauvignon Blanc 2002Sauvignon Blanc from Central Coast, California
Andretti Chardonnay 2002Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
Schloss Saarstein Riesling Kabinett 2002Riesling from Mosel, Germany
RockBare Chardonnay 2002Chardonnay from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
Meridian Santa Barbara Chardonnay 2002Chardonnay from Central Coast, California
Lindeman’s Bin Series Cawarra Semillon Chardonnay 2002Other White Blends from Australia
Clos Du Val Ariadne 2002Bordeaux White Blends from Napa Valley, California
Chalone Chardonnay 2002Chardonnay from California
Pierre Sparr Mambourg Grand Cru Pinot Gris 2002Pinot Gris/Grigio from Alsace, France
Maximin Grunhauser Herrenberg Riesling Auslese 2002Riesling from Mosel, Germany
Rutini Chardonnay 2002Chardonnay from Argentina
Baobab Sauvignon Blanc 2002Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
Longoria Chardonnay Sta. Rita Hills 2002Chardonnay from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
Abadia da Cova Albarino 2002Albarino from Rias Baixas, Spain
Gainey Limited Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2002Sauvignon Blanc from Central Coast, California
TwoTone Farm Chardonnay 2002Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
Alois Lageder Pinot Bianco 2002Pinot Blanc from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
Sebastiani Sonoma Chardonnay 2002Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California