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
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.
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
Lloyd Cellars 2019  Chardonnay
94 points
$40
Golden yellow color. Attractive, creamy aromas and flavors of vanilla buttercream on white cake, pineapple tart, caramel apple with nuts, and key lime pie with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a warming, layered, very long finish with touches of spicy apple-peach relish, creme anglaise, and praline with fine tannins and moderate oak flavor. A wonderfully rich, creamy and comforting Chardonnay to cozy up with.
Willamette Valley Vineyards 2018 Bernau Block Chardonnay
94 points
$45
Pale straw green color. Aromas and flavors of pear blossom, honey, heirloom apples, pickled apricot, spiced whipped cream, and almond croissant with a satiny, lively, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, distinctive, long finish that shows accents of lime zest, pineapple relish, and jicama with light oak flavor. A vivacious, summer-ready Chardonnay with balance, zip, and complexity.
Jarvis 2019 Estate Chardonnay
94 points
$85
Yellow straw color. Tropical aromas and flavors of pineapple chutney, tamarind, coconut cream, and chess pie with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a polished, complex, long finish with accents of croissant with marmalade, hints of kiwi relish, and caramel with well-integrated tannins and heavy oak flavor. A deliciously concentrated and vibrant Chardonnay that delivers.
Rooftop Reds 2017  Riesling
94 points
$18
Best Buy
Golden yellow color. Aromas of ripe starfruit, dried pineapple, hints of hazelnut, and rubber with a supple, lively, moderately sweet medium body and a graceful, very complex, very long underripe peach and tropical fruit tart finish with no oak flavor. A skillfully grown Riesling with exceptional balance and intoxicating aromatics; let it work its magic with the meal, or simply enjoy all on its own.
Awards: 2021 Top 2 Riesling 2021 New York Wine Classic - Best Riesling (Medium Dry)
94 points $18 Best Buy
Reynolds Family Winery 2018  Chardonnay
94 points
$36
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of honeycrisp apples, apple blossom, graham cracker crust, and lemon meringue with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, intriguing, medium-length finish evoking shades of apricot-orange chutney with moderate oak flavor. A bright, vivacious Napa Chardonnay; aerate and drink now or cellar for a few years for peak enjoyment.