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What are the types and styles 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 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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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay 2017 Front Label
    Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    Sonoma-Cutrer The Cutrer Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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    Grgich Hills Estate Fume Blanc 2017
    Sauvignon Blanc from Napa Valley, California
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    El Enemigo Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Paul Hobbs Russian River Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Paul Hobbs Russian River Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Catena Zapata Adrianna White Bones Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Catena Zapata Adrianna White Bones Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Clos des Lunes Lune Blanche 2017  Front Label
    Clos des Lunes Lune Blanche 2017
    Bordeaux White Blends from Sauternes, Bordeaux, France
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  • La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2017 Front Label
    La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2017
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    Feudi di San Gregorio Falanghina 2017
    Falanghina from Italy
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  • Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2017  Front Label
    Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2017
    Chardonnay from Aloxe-Corton, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    • RP92
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  • Cakebread Reserve Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Cakebread Reserve Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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  • Mer Soleil Silver Unoaked Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Mer Soleil Silver Unoaked Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Monterey, Central Coast, California
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  • Rodney Strong Chalk Hill Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Rodney Strong Chalk Hill Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Chalk Hill, Sonoma County, California
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    Louis Latour Puligny-Montrachet 2017
    Chardonnay from Puligny-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Mount Eden Vineyards Edna Valley Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Mount Eden Vineyards Edna Valley Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Edna Valley, Central Coast, California
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  • Matanzas Creek Alexander Valley Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Matanzas Creek Alexander Valley Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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    Dr. Thanisch Bernkasteler Doctor Kabinett Riesling 2017
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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  • Catena Zapata Adrianna White Stones Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Catena Zapata Adrianna White Stones Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Francis Ford Coppola Director's Cut Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Francis Ford Coppola Director's Cut Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2017
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    • Santa Cristina by Antinori Pinot Grigio 2017 Front Label
      Santa Cristina by Antinori Pinot Grigio 2017
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      • Jean-Marc Boillot Montagny Premier Cru 2017  Front Label
        Jean-Marc Boillot Montagny Premier Cru 2017
        Chardonnay from Montagny, Cote Chalonnaise, Burgundy, France
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      • Illumination Sauvignon Blanc 2017  Front Label
        Illumination Sauvignon Blanc 2017
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        Ameztoi Getariako Txakolina 2017
        Other White Blends from Txakolina, Spain
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        Poggio al Tesoro Solosole Vermentino 2017
        Vermentino from Tuscany, Italy
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