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
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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
219278
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
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Brutocao
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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