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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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    Dancing Bull Sauvignon Blanc 2003
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    • J. Garcia Chardonnay 2003 Front Label
      J. Garcia Chardonnay 2003
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        Greg Norman Estates Victoria Chardonnay 2003
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        Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay 2003
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          Marques de Caceres Rioja Blanco 2003
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          • Chalone Estate Chardonnay 2003 Front Label
            Chalone Estate Chardonnay 2003
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              MontGras Chardonnay 2003
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              • Wolffer Estate La Ferme Martin Chardonnay 2003
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                • Tiefenbrunner Sauvignon Blanc 2003
                  Sauvignon Blanc from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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                • Two Vines Chardonnay 2003 Front Label
                  Two Vines Chardonnay 2003
                  Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                  • Laville Pavillon Blanc 2003 Front Label
                    Laville Pavillon Blanc 2003
                    Bordeaux White Blends from Bordeaux, France
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                    • Leasingham Magnus Riesling 2003 Front Label
                      Leasingham Magnus Riesling 2003
                      Riesling from Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia
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                    • Principessa Gavia Gavi 2003 Front Label
                      Principessa Gavia Gavi 2003
                      Cortese from Piedmont, Italy
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                    • Iron Horse Estate Chardonnay 2003 Front Label
                      Iron Horse Estate Chardonnay 2003
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                      Cecchi Orvieto 2003
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                      • Tyrrell's Moore's Creek Chardonnay 2003 Front Label
                        Tyrrell's Moore's Creek Chardonnay 2003
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                          • Kistler Vineyards Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay 2003 Front Label
                            Kistler Vineyards Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay 2003
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                            Teruzzi Terre di Tufi 2003
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                              Snoqualmie Chenin Blanc 2003
                              Chenin Blanc from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                                Jean-Luc Colombo La Violette Viognier 2003
                                Viognier from Languedoc, South of France, France
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                                  Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2003
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                                  • William Hill Napa Valley Chardonnay 2003 Front Label
                                    William Hill Napa Valley Chardonnay 2003
                                    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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