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

Perle de Mer 2017  Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie
95 points
$17
Best Buy
Light straw color. Aromas of bouquet garni, crispy plantains, apple chutney, and wool with a round, vibrant, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, complex, long wet stone, pineapple conserve, apricot skin, heirloom pear, jasmine, and white pepper finish with no oak. A round, lengthy, and poignant Muscadet fit for only the finest seafood.
95 points $17 Best Buy
Tom Eddy 2016 Purrington Chardonnay
95 points
$75
Yellow straw color. Confected, baked aromas of apple streusel, walnut confection, baked pear with brown sugar glaze, and lemon bar with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, complex, long toasted pecan and smoked vanilla bean finish with well-integrated, coating tannins and heavy oak. A beautiful, complex, smoky Chardonnay that can compete with the best of them; relish now or cellar.
Corner 103 2016  Grenache Blanc
95 points
$30
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.
Awards: 2017 Best White Wine, 2017 Best US White Wine
Handley Cellars 2017  Pinot Gris
94 points
$25
Pale straw color. Pure aromas of underripe apricot, fresh pineapple, ripe pears and papaya, and jasmine with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a polished, interesting, medium-long shaved fresh turnip and white pepper finish with no oak. A fresh and pure Pinot Gris with poignant fruit and endless minerality.
Hagafen 2017 Wieruszowski Vineyard Estate Bottled Off-Dry Riesling
94 points
$24
Light straw color. Fruity aromas of ripe apricot, juicy pear, lychee, wool, and candied cashew with a round, vibrant, petillant, fruity medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length beeswax, sweet ginger, meyer lemon, and yellow plum finish with no oak. A juicy, fruit-packed Riesling with a sunny disposition and elegant style; a Cellar Selection.
Taylors 2017  Riesling
94 points
$19
Best Buy
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.
Awards: 2017 Top 2 Best Riesling, 2017 Best Australian White Wine
94 points $19 Best Buy
In Situ 2016 Riverside White Blend Aconcagua Valley
94 points
$11
Best Buy
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.
Awards: 2017 Best Chilean White Wine
94 points $11 Best Buy
2Hawk NV Plume Blanc v.1 Rogue Valley
94 points
$22
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.
Trattore Estate 2016 White Blend Dry Creek Valley
94 points
$35
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.
Domaine de la Grenaudiere 2017 La Grenouille Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie
93 points
$16
Best Buy
Light emerald straw color. Herbal aromas of Meyer lemon zest and bay leaf with a round, vibrant, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, captivating, medium-length cantaloupe, halvah, underripe orchard fruit, and apricot muffin finish. A very dry, savory Muscadet that will elevate any shellfish dish.
93 points $16 Best Buy