List Page Learn About Content Graphic

White Wine

Learn about white wine — the range of styles, how it’s made and more ...

undefined, null

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.

Filter by
6,291 Items
6,291 Items
Gift Type
Occasion
Variety
Rating & Price
Rating All
Price All
6,291 Items
  • R. Lopez de Heredia Rioja White Vina Tondonia Reserva 2009  Front Label
    R. Lopez de Heredia Rioja White Vina Tondonia Reserva 2009
    Other White Blends from Rioja, Spain
    • JS97
    • V95
    • RP94
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $54.99
    Try the
    54 99
    54 99
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault Genevrieres Premier Cru 2009  Front Label
    Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault Genevrieres Premier Cru 2009
    Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
    • BH94
    • RP94
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $349.99
    Try the
    349 99
    349 99
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • Lucien Le Moine Puligny-Montrachet Folatieres Premier Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2009  Front Label
    Lucien Le Moine Puligny-Montrachet Folatieres Premier Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2009
    Chardonnay from Puligny-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
    • BH93
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $519.00
    Try the
    519
    519
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • Domaine Marc Morey Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru 2009  Front Label
    Domaine Marc Morey Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru 2009
    Chardonnay from Puligny-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
    • BH94
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $329.97
    Try the
    329 97
    329 97
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • Didier Dagueneau Sancerre Monts Dames 2009  Front Label
    Didier Dagueneau Sancerre Monts Dames 2009
    Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre, Loire, France
    • RP94
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $159.97
    Try the
    159 97
    159 97
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • Domaine Louis Michel et Fils Chablis Montee de Tonnerre Premier Cru 2009  Front Label
    Domaine Louis Michel et Fils Chablis Montee de Tonnerre Premier Cru 2009
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
      0.0 0 Ratings
      Currently Unavailable $44.99
      Try the
      44 99
      44 99
      Save $0.00 (0%)
    • Lionel Faury Saint-Joseph Blanc 2009
      Other White Blends from Saint-Joseph, Rhone, France
        0.0 0 Ratings
        Currently Unavailable $39.99
        Try the
        39 99
        39 99
        Save $0.00 (0%)
      • Sine Qua Non On The Lam 2009 Front Label
        Sine Qua Non On The Lam 2009
        Other White Blends from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
          0.0 0 Ratings
          Currently Unavailable $219.97
          Try the
          219 97
          219 97
          Save $0.00 (0%)
        • Marcassin Three Sisters Vineyard Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
          Marcassin Three Sisters Vineyard Chardonnay 2009
          Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
          • RP94
          • WS94
          0.0 0 Ratings
          Currently Unavailable $209.00
          Try the
          209
          209
          Save $0.00 (0%)
        • Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc 2009 Front Label
          Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc 2009
          Bordeaux White Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
          • RP98
          • JS94
          • WE93
          • WS93
          0.0 0 Ratings
          Currently Unavailable $149.00
          Try the
          149
          149
          Save $0.00 (0%)
        • Domaine Faiveley Puligny Montrachet 2009 Front Label
          Domaine Faiveley Puligny Montrachet 2009
          Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
          • BH91
          0.0 0 Ratings
          Currently Unavailable $39.99
          Try the
          70
          39 99
          Save $30.01 (43%)
        • Marcassin Marcassin Vineyard Chardonnay 2009  Front Label
          Marcassin Marcassin Vineyard Chardonnay 2009
          Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
          • WS97
          • RP96
          0.0 0 Ratings
          Currently Unavailable $289.97
          Try the
          289 97
          289 97
          Save $0.00 (0%)
        • Buena Vista Carneros Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
          Buena Vista Carneros Chardonnay 2009
          Chardonnay from Carneros, California
          • WE90
          3.5 12 Ratings
          Currently Unavailable $15.98
          Try the
          21 99
          15 98
          Save $6.01 (27%)
        • Morgadio Legado del Conde Albarino 2009 Front Label
          Morgadio Legado del Conde Albarino 2009
          Albarino from Rias Baixas, Spain
          • RP90
          3.8 5 Ratings
          Currently Unavailable $12.97
          Try the 2019 Vintage 22 99
          17 28
          12 97
          Save $4.32 (25%)
        • Dry Creek Vineyard Foggy Oaks Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
          Dry Creek Vineyard Foggy Oaks Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2009
          Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
            0.0 0 Ratings
            Currently Unavailable $15.95
            Try the
            20
            15 95
            Save $4.05 (20%)
          • Bodini Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
            Bodini Chardonnay 2009
            Chardonnay from Argentina
            • RP90
            3.0 7 Ratings
            Currently Unavailable $12.29
            Try the
            12 28
            12 28
            Save $0.00 (0%)
          • Philippe Foreau Vouvray Moelleux Clos Naudin Reserve 2009 Front Label
            Philippe Foreau Vouvray Moelleux Clos Naudin Reserve 2009
            Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
            • RP97
            0.0 0 Ratings
            Currently Unavailable $99.97
            Try the
            99 97
            99 97
            Save $0.00 (0%)
          • Tiamo Pinot Grigio 2009 Front Label
            Tiamo Pinot Grigio 2009
            Pinot Gris/Grigio from Veneto, Italy
              3.8 5 Ratings
              Currently Unavailable $12.99
              Try the 2019 Vintage 12 99
              12 99
              12 99
              Save $0.00 (0%)
            • Aveleda Vinho Verde 2009 Front Label
              Aveleda Vinho Verde 2009
              Other White Blends from Vinho Verde, Portugal
              • WE92
              3.3 15 Ratings
              Currently Unavailable $8.99
              Try the 2020 Vintage 9 99
              8 99
              8 99
              Save $0.00 (0%)
            • Pikes Riesling Traditionale 2009 Front Label
              Pikes Riesling Traditionale 2009
              Riesling from Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia
              • RP91
              • WS90
              0.0 0 Ratings
              Currently Unavailable $13.99
              Try the 2018 Vintage 28 99
              19 99
              13 99
              Save $6.00 (30%)
            • Brander Cuvee Nicolas 2009 Front Label
              Brander Cuvee Nicolas 2009
              Sauvignon Blanc from Central Coast, California
              • WE92
              • WS91
              0.0 0 Ratings
              Currently Unavailable $25.99
              Try the
              25 99
              25 99
              Save $0.00 (0%)
            • La Crema Monterey Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
              La Crema Monterey Chardonnay 2009
              Chardonnay from Central Coast, California
              • WE91
              • RP90
              3.6 8 Ratings
              Currently Unavailable $17.99
              Try the 2019 Vintage 19 99
              20
              17 99
              Save $2.01 (10%)
            • Mount Eden Vineyards Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
              Mount Eden Vineyards Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay 2009
              Chardonnay from Central Coast, California
              • WS94
              • RP93
              • W&S90
              0.0 0 Ratings
              Currently Unavailable $54.99
              Try the
              54 99
              54 99
              Save $0.00 (0%)
            • Brass Tacks Riesling 2009 Front Label
              Brass Tacks Riesling 2009
              Riesling from Central Coast, California
                4.6 8 Ratings
                Currently Unavailable $19.99
                Try the
                19 99
                19 99
                Save $0.00 (0%)
              • Chateau Malartic-Lagraviere Blanc 2009 Front Label
                Chateau Malartic-Lagraviere Blanc 2009
                Bordeaux White Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
                • RP95
                • WE94
                • WS91
                0.0 0 Ratings
                Currently Unavailable $75.99
                Try the
                75 99
                75 99
                Save $0.00 (0%)
              Sorry, we couldn't find any matches.

              Internet Explorer is no longer supported.
              Please use a different browser like Edge, Chrome or Firefox to enjoy all that Wine.com has to offer.

              It's easy to make the switch.
              Enjoy better browsing and increased security.

              Yes, Update Now
              Cheers to You!

              New Customers! Save $20 off $100*. Code NEW2021

              New Customers! Save $20 off $100*. Code NEW2021

              There was an error redeeming your code.

              *New customers only. One-time use per customer. Order must be placed by 5/31/2021. The $20 discount is given for a single order with a minimum of $100 excluding shipping and tax. Items with pricing ending in .97 are excluded and will not count toward the minimum required. Discount does not apply to corporate orders, gift certificates, StewardShip membership fees, select Champagne brands, Riedel glassware, fine and rare wine, 187ML splits, Picked by Wine.com subscriptions, and all bottles 3.0 liters or larger. No other promotion codes, coupon codes or corporate discounts may be applied to order. Offer valid subject to state law limitations.

              Search for ""

              $20 off your first Picked box. Code 20PICK

              $20 off your first box. Code 20PICK

              There was an error redeeming your code.

              *Subscription must have occurred in the past. See Picked ToS for information about Picked

              Processing Your Order...