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

Jarvis 2019 Finch Hollow Chardonnay
96 points
$150
Golden straw color. Toasty, woody aromas and flavors of cedar, roasted nuts, grilled pineapple, and dark caramel and vanilla bean with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an even, medium-long finish that presents overtones of spiced apples and nuts and cedar plank with moderate oak flavor. A wood-driven, luxurious Chardonnay sipper that comes alive with aeration; decant or cellar.
Awards: 2021 Best Chardonnay
Voyager Point 2021  Sauvignon Blanc
95 points
$9
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of roasted yellow pepper, grapefruit, gooseberry, and pickled jalapeño with a silky, bright, fruity fat body and a polished, delightful, long finish displaying notes of guava-pineapple relish and spiced green apple with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A delicious and appetizing wine with superb texture and drinkability.
95 points $9 Best Buy
Peller Estates 2021 Family Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
95 points
$10
Best Buy
Silvery emerald straw color. Tropical aromas and flavors of grapefruit, gooseberry, guava, and pickled onion with a silky, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, refreshing, immediate finish revealing notes of spiced apple and pear, wheat grass, and white pepper with fine, fruit tannins. A supple and satisfyingly fresh Sauvignon Blanc sipper with excellent varietal character.
95 points $10 Best Buy
Jarvis 2019 Unfiltered Finch Hollow Chardonnay
95 points
$165
Golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of butter-sauteed bananas, cedar, fresh herb melange, delicately spiced apples, and praline with a round, lively, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish with accents of cream-topped crepes with coating tannins and moderate oak flavor. A silky, dreamy Napa Chardonnay with great ageability; seriously structured, expertly vinted and highest quality.
Cupcake 2021  Sauvignon Blanc
94 points
$11
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of pickled grapefruit, pineapple, and mango slices, chive and ramps, cucumber and tomato salad, and jalapeño with a silky, tangy, fruity medium body and a smooth, engaging, long finish revealing shades of honeyed white grapefruit and passionfruit with no oak flavor. A zesty, very tropical, spot on New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc that is sure to please.
94 points $11 Best Buy
Chloe 2020  Sauvignon Blanc
94 points
$16
Best Buy
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of honeyed grapefruit, passionfruit, and savannah grass with a supple, crisp, fruity medium body and an even, long finish with shades of spiced green apple and red pepper, asian pear, and gooseberry jam with fine, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A delightfully drinkable, spot-on New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc that will be very versatile.
94 points $16 Best Buy
Lake Road 2021  Sauvignon Blanc
94 points
$24
Pale straw color. Aromas of fresh asparagus, marjoram, passion fruit, magnolia blossom, and marmalade with a round, lively, fruity medium body and a tingling, complex, long meyer lemon and candied ginger finish with no oak flavor. An ultra-concentrated Sauvignon Blanc with style for days.
Wakefield 2020  Riesling
94 points
$18
Best Buy
Brilliant yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of pez candies, pear, mango skin, and ginger with a silky, lively, light body and a seamless, captivating, medium-length finish that shows accents of grapefruit, sweet banana, and pineapple with fruit tannins and no oak flavor. Hallmark peach and petrol notes and a long acid-driven finish will keep one coming back sip after sip.
Awards: 2021 Top 2 Riesling '2021 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 5 White Wine $20 and Under' Best Value Australian Riesling
94 points $18 Best Buy
Mer et Soleil 2019  Chardonnay
94 points
$20.95
Bright gold color. Aromas of yellow pear, new leather, and buttered biscuit with a round, lively, dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, distinctive, long caramel dipped green apple, kernel, and cinnamon finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. Complexity abounds in this satisfying and long finishing Chardonnay.
94 points $20.95
Château Montelena 2018  Chardonnay
94 points
$44.95
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of pineapple upside down cake, vanilla, and lemon with a supple, lively, dry medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish that presents accents of cornbread muffins, golden apple, vanilla, and baked pear with well-integrated, woody tannins and moderate oak flavor. A Chardonnay that delivers on freshness and richness
94 points $44.95