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
Corner 103
2016 Grenache Blanc
Pale golden amber color. Citrusy, elegant aromas of pink grapefruit, fresh cut grass, and vanilla bean with a satiny, lively, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an elegant, long fresh mint and dill, allspice and apricot, lilac, and wet pebbles finish with well-integrated, silky tannins. A silky mouthfeel and long, satisfying finish give this wine staying power.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
2017 Riesling
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of white blossoms, peach and mango chutney, passionfruit, and apple tart with a vibrant, fruity medium body and a complex, long lemon curd, kiwi in cream, and minerals finish with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A lush tropical riesling that delights the palate with lip smacking acidity and mouthwatering fruit.
94 points $19 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
In Situ
2016 Riverside White Blend Aconcagua Valley
Yellow color. Fruity, umami aromas and flavors of green apple, lemon-lime, pear, and vanilla with a soft, bright, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long finish with a suggestion of oak. A full-bodied white food wine with excellent structure.
94 points $11 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
NV Plume Blanc v.1 Rogue Valley
Brilliant bright golden yellow color. Floral, fruity aromas of peach blossom, finger lime, honeysuckle, and honeycomb with a supple, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and an interesting, medium-long walnut maple creme, grilled lemon, and dried mint finish with fine, fruit tannins and light oak. A wine that shouts summer countryside; delicious and seamlessly integrated.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
Trattore Estate
2016 White Blend Dry Creek Valley
Straw green color. Aromas of pear cobbler, cinnamon and passionfruit, pine, and fresh cream and young banana with a creamy, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length marshmallow, graham cracker, spiced nuts, and candied kiwi finish with well-integrated, medium tannins and moderate oak. A creamy and rich Marsanne/Roussanne blend for spicy dishes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
Secret de Berticot
2016 Sauvignon Blanc
Pale straw color. Attractive, baked aromas and flavors of wildflowers, baked pears, honeyed dried apricots, and dried banana with a lively, dry light-to-medium body and a complex, long meadow brook stones, celery leaf, kiwi, lemon, and melon, and coconut water finish with fine, fruit tannins. A divine subtle white reminiscent of a picnic in the French countryside.
94 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
2015 Estate Bottled Hopland Ranches Chardonnay
Gold color. Inviting aromas and flavors of dried apples in vanilla yogurt and toasted nuts with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, delightful, medium-long graham cracker and pear tart finish with well-integrated, medium tannins and light oak. A Chardonnay with great balance and charming fruitiness.
94 points $18 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
Le Vigne
2016 Il Fiore Viognier
Bright pale golden yellow color. Fresh, floral, fruity aromas of ripe peaches, wildflowers, tropical fruit tart, and meyer lemon with a supple, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long ripe pineapple and fresh pear, crystalized flowers, vanilla creme Anglaise, and apricot jam on crumpet finish with fine, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak. A yummy, super-fruity Viognier to share with friends.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
Gustave Lorentz
2011 Altenberg de Bergheim Vielles Vignes Riesling
Shimmering light gold color. Complex, citrusy, perfumed aromas of lychee syrup, sweet orange marmalade, iris, and new shoes with a round, vibrant, dry medium-full body and a peppery, very complex, very long fresh lychee, lemon curd, bitter almonds, and grapefruit segments finish with fruit, fine, well-integrated tannins and a suggestion of oak. Fantastically complex and commanding Riesling with the power to stand up to almost any dish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
Napa Cellars
2014 Chardonnay
Bright bright gold color. Fresh, oaky aromas of pina colada, pecan, toasted cinnamon, and caramel with a round, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and an interesting, medium-length vanilla apple taffy, toasted pound cake, and baked pineapple finish with well-integrated, cottony, fruit, fine tannins and moderate oak. A vanilla-forward and balanced napa Chardonnay that delivers.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab