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

Berton Vineyards 2022 Metal Label Flavored Moscato Frizzanté Riverina
95 points
$13
Best Buy
A fascinating and delectable Moscato Frizzante with just a hint of extra floral lift and spiced complexity.
95 points $13 Best Buy
Wakefield 2022 Promised Land Chardonnay
95 points
$13
Best Buy
A New World under study well-suited to fill in for Village level white Bourgogne.
Awards: '2022 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 White Wine $15 and Under' Best Value Australian Chardonnay 2022 Best Chardonnay
95 points $13 Best Buy
Peller Estates 2021 Family Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
95 points
$10
Best Buy
A supple and satisfyingly fresh Sauvignon Blanc sipper with excellent varietal character.
95 points $10 Best Buy
Weis Vineyards 2020 Winzer Select A Riesling
95 points
$26
A rich, late harvest style Riesling with great concentration of attractive sweet fruit flavors; pair with spicy Asian dishes or cheeses for dessert.
Awards: '2022 New York Wine Classic - Best White Wine' Best Overall Riesling 2022 Best Riesling (Sweet)
Domaine Pascal Gibault 2023  Sauvignon Blanc
94 points
$15
Best Buy
A lighter intensity of Sauvignon Blanc that still brings the range of fruits from orchard to tropical dashed with food friendly acidity and minerality; complex, pleasing, and an excellent example of the category.
94 points $15 Best Buy
Kirkland Signature 2021  Chablis Premier Cru
94 points
$18
Best Buy
An excellent entry level Chablis with racy acidity and nice, tart orchard fruits highlighted with delicate minerality and bespoke, well integrated French oak.
94 points $18 Best Buy
Mira Winery 2019 Napa Valley Chardonnay
94 points
$50
Beautiful fruit, light oak that is well in balance with potential for some cellar age and improvement with secondary characteristics; exactly what you want for benchmark Napa Chardonnay.
Bright Leaf Vineyard 2021 Estate Chardonnay
94 points
$18
Best Buy
Light and crisp with pleasing aromas of green apple, citrus, and creme fraiche; this is a stellar domestic version in line with a Village Chablis.
94 points $18 Best Buy
Jarvis 2021 Finch Hollow Chardonnay
94 points
$195
With a harmonious balance of fruit, floral, malo, and barrel, this is excellent now and will likely become something special in 5 to 10 years.
Jarvis 2021 Unfiltered Finch Hollow Chardonnay
94 points
$215
A special wine that will benefit with age and it would be fun to taste this side by side with some white Burgundy, particularly Corton Charlemagne and Chassagne Montrachet to see where it stacks up.