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 Wines

Grgich Hills 2016 Estate Grown Fumé Blanc Napa Valley
95 points
$31
Clear yellow straw color. Grassy, green, herbal, funky aromas of harissa, green apple, papaya, and ripe pineapple with a fat body and a very long bell pepper , flint, lemon wedge, snipped chive, and apricot jam finish. A savory, flamboyant Sauvignon Blanc with killer minerality and style for days.
Adastra 2017  Chardonnay
94 points
$39
Bright gold color. Aromas of cinnamon-dusted toasted croissant, pineapple, mango, peach pie, and flint with a round, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, elegant, long silky creme brulee, rum sauce, and hazelnut cream finish with well-integrated, silky tannins and heavy oak flavor. An oak-laden Chardonnay with silky texture and delectable fruit.
Wakefield/Taylors 2018 Reserve Parcel Riesling
94 points
$25
Straw green color. Fruity aromas and flavors of pineapple, Asian pear, ripe peach, yuzu, musk, and honeycomb with a round, racy, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-long finish displaying notes of cloudberry. A fruity and pure Riesling with cellar-worthy acidity; enjoy its freshness now or uncover greater complexity after several years in the cellar.
White Horse Winery 2017 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
94 points
$29
Straw color. Aromas of honey-roasted pineapple, apple pastry, béchamel, and toast with a supple, lively, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length caramel, toasted pecan, and allspice finish. A toasty, well integrated Chardonnay for fans of Montrachet.
Jarvis 2017 Estate Grown Chardonnay
94 points
$80
Pale golden straw color. Fruity, oaky aromas and flavors of cedar embers, sliced apple, dried mango, and yellow plum with a supple, tangy, dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long finish that exhibits notes of pineapple core, granny smith , chai spice, crystallized honey, and caramel corn with fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. An instantly appealing Chardonnay with balanced fruit and oak.
Domaine le Montoire 2018  Sancerre
94 points
$50
Emerald straw color. Fruity, floral aromas and flavors of citrus marmalades and peach blossoms with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and an effortless, complex, long finish manifesting accents of tropical fruit melange, lemon curd, and hint of wheatgrass with no oak flavor. A sensationally fragrant and vibrant Sancerre that is a great example.
Cunningham Creek Winery 2017 Estate Grown Viognier
94 points
$26
Golden straw color. Tropical aromas and flavors of honey roasted tropical fruits, peach cobbler, honeysuckle on a cedar trellis, and pistachio oil with a velvety, soft, fruity medium-to-full body and an effortless, complex, long finish that shows accents of apple and pear sauce, pineapples in coconut milk, and white chocolate brittle with well-integrated tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A delicious, big, tropical viognier with lots of varietal character.
Pieropan 2016  Soave Classico
94 points
$20.99
Pale yellow straw color. Perfumed aromas of struck flint, dried apricot, dried pineapple, tangerine, and incense with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a sleek, subtle, medium-long honey comb, fresh berry, and hard cheeses finish. Precise balance and layers of textures make this a fine Soave to take seriously.
94 points $20.99
Nicolas Potel 2017  Chardonnay
93 points
$31.99
Gold color. Aromas of almond tart, glazed tropical fruit, and golden kiwi with a round, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, involved, long toast, caramel-laden banana, honeysuckle, and wet stone finish with leafy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rich, concentrated and lengthy Pouilly-Fuisse with great style.
93 points $31.99
Maddalena 2017  Chardonnay
93 points
$20
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Inviting aromas and flavors of caramel apple fritter, toasted croissant, baking spices, and kiwi with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a seamless, complex, medium-long finish displaying shades of spiced pineapple, apricot, and meyer lemon with moderate oak flavor. A rich and oak-centric Chardonnay with great style and length.
93 points $20 Best Buy