About White Wines

White wines are those made from so-called "white" grapes, in which the skins have been removed form the juice before fermentation. This results in a white wine, yet the hue of a white wine ranges from straw to golden yellow and everything in between. As some grapes used for white wine have a pink or copper color (such as Gewurztraminer or Pinot Gris, respectively), white wines made form these varieties will tend to have a copper or slight golden or silver color.

As white wines age, these color deepens; this is the opposite of red wines, which get paler with time. Thus a white wine that was straw-colored upon release (aged solely in steel or cement tanks) will have a deep yellow color after a few years. A white wine will also have a deeper color upon release, if it was made with skin contact or aged in small, toasted oak barrels.

White wines are produced in every wine-producing country and are generally the most consumed in every country. Famous examples include wines made from varieties such as Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and Pinot Gris (Pinot Grigio), while there are indigenous varieties in many countries such as Marsanne and Roussanne (France), Greco, Fiano and Arneis (Italy) and Viura (Spain).

White wines tend to have lower alcohol than reds - from 8% for German whites to 13.5% or 14% for some examples of Chardonnay- as opposed to 12% -15.5% for reds. They should be serve chilled and are best paired with seafood, pastas with cream sauces and white meats.
Top Picks for White
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Jarvis
2014 Finch Hollow Chardonnay
Bright medium bright gold color. Lively, roasted aromas and flavors of nuts, grilled apples and citrus, mocha, and minerals with a soft, lively, fruity medium-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-long lemon and pineapple gelato, white chocolate mint, spice cake, and cedar finish with chewy tannins and heavy oak. A superbly flavorful chardonnay with big, brilliantly integrated oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214660
GiaDomella
2014 Joan's Reserve Chardonnay
Bright medium light gold color. Bright, interesting aromas and flavors of exotic tropical citrus, vanilla yogurt nuts and raisins, and meringue with a soft, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, intricate, medium-long spiced praline and ripe pineapple and coconut finish with fine tannins and moderate oak. An intricate and appealing chardonnay that is well crafted.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218613
Robert Hall Winery
2016 Sauvignon Blanc
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of melon, ripe banana, and pomelo with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a silky, appealing, medium-length apple, lemon curd, and fig finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A lovely well balanced sauvignon blanc with great smoothness and drinkability.
94 points $16 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215300
Alexandria Nicole
2015 "Crawford" Viognier
Bright medium yellow straw color. Lively, citrusy, floral aromas and flavors of lime zest, lemongrass, lavender, and spiced peaches with a soft, lively, fruity medium-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long lychee, citrus juice, and vanilla finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. An impressively flavorful and distinctively floral viognier that is perfect for summer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215067
Heron Hill Winery
2014 Semi-Dry Riesling
Bright light silvery straw color. Delicate, fruity, smoky aromas and flavors of toasted lemon meringue, grilled apples, nougat, and white clay with a glycerous, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, medium-length dried peach, roasted lemon and lime, melon, and earth finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A mouthwatering, rock solid riesling that will cover many bases.
94 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214557
San Simeon
2014 Chardonnay
Bright brilliant golden yellow color. Lively, fruity, buttery aromas and flavors of apple pie, citrus buttercream on cake, and nut brittle with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-long coconut cream, vanilla-lime custard, and delicate baking spices finish with silky, fruit tannins and moderate oak. A lovely creamy chardonnay with lots of tropical fruit flavors and bright acidity to support them.
94 points $20 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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Grgich Hills
2013 Estate Grown Chardonnay
Bright light gold color. Bright, waxy, smoky spicy aromas and flavors of candle wax, grilled citrus, pickled fruits, and rice pudding with a soft, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length kiwi and lemon sorbet, spiced nuts, and honeyed herbs finish with fine, crunchy tannins and light oak. A toasty, vibrantly delicious chardonnay for all occasions.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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Jarvis
2014 Estate Grown Cave Fermented Chardonnay
Bright medium golden yellow color. Rich, toasty, attractive aromas and flavors of white chocolate covered graham crackers, mocha latte, and pineapple cake with a silky, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, subtle, medium-length spiced apples and nuts, lemon chiffon, and minerals finish with fine, crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A wonderful example of a well-oaked Napa chardonnay.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218705
Chasing Venus
2016 Sauvignon Blanc
Pale straw color. Citrusy, green aromas and flavors of green pepper, grapefruit and guava, grassy herbs, and white peppercorn with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length green apple skin, yellow pepper, and mango finish with chewy, silky, fruit tannins and no oak. A luscious, tropical fruit driven sauvignon blanc with a fun peppery note.
93 points $16 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218739
Finca La Malena
2016 Torrontes
Brilliant silvery straw color. Fruity, floral aromas and flavors of lilacs, roses and orange blossoms, spiced lychee and peach, and key lime custard with a silky, tangy, fruity light body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long lemon spritzed melon and nectarine skin finish with silky, fruit tannins and no oak. A very tasting and attractive fruity, floral white with fine balance.
93 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab