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

Grgich Hills 2016 Estate Grown Fumé Blanc Napa Valley
95 points
$31
Clear yellow straw color. Grassy, green, herbal, funky aromas of harissa, green apple, papaya, and ripe pineapple with a fat body and a very long bell pepper , flint, lemon wedge, snipped chive, and apricot jam finish. A savory, flamboyant Sauvignon Blanc with killer minerality and style for days.
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.
Publix Premium 2017 Limited Edition Chardonnay
94 points
$24.99
Straw color. Oaky, fruity aromas and flavors of cedar sauna, peach-mango yogurt, and almond brittle with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, nuanced, long finish evoking suggestions of delicate spices, roasted pineapple, toasted baguette with marmalade, tobacco, and tea with cream with moderate oak flavor. A superb sipping experience with elegant oak, and delicate spice atop vivid fruit.
94 points $24.99
Jarvis 2018 Finch Hollow Chardonnay
94 points
$145
Golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of creme puffs, rich creme brulee, artisan caramels, ripe mango and banana, and toasted hawaiian rolls with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a polished, interesting, medium-long finish displaying notes of blonde tobacco, crushed coriander, and vanilla-ginger custard with moderate oak flavor. A balanced and delicious Napa Chardonnay with layers of alluring oak.
Adastra 2017  Chardonnay
94 points
$39
Bright gold color. Aromas of cinnamon-dusted toasted croissant, pineapple, mango, peach pie, and flint with a round, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, elegant, long silky creme brulee, rum sauce, and hazelnut cream finish with well-integrated, silky tannins and heavy oak flavor. An oak-laden Chardonnay with silky texture and delectable fruit.
Kumeu River Vineyard 2017 Estate Chardonnay
94 points
$35
Golden straw color. Aromas of pineapple, roasted peach, vanilla gelato, freshly grated nutmeg, and suede with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, complex, long lemon chiffon and artisan toffee finish with well-integrated, soft, fruit tannins and light oak flavor. An elegant, creamy Chardonnay with seamless complexity and style.
Wakefield/Taylors 2018 Reserve Parcel Riesling
94 points
$25
Straw green color. Fruity aromas and flavors of pineapple, Asian pear, ripe peach, yuzu, musk, and honeycomb with a round, racy, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-long finish displaying notes of cloudberry. A fruity and pure Riesling with cellar-worthy acidity; enjoy its freshness now or uncover greater complexity after several years in the cellar.
White Horse Winery 2017 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
94 points
$29
Straw color. Aromas of honey-roasted pineapple, apple pastry, béchamel, and toast with a supple, lively, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length caramel, toasted pecan, and allspice finish. A toasty, well integrated Chardonnay for fans of Montrachet.
Jarvis 2017 Estate Grown Chardonnay
94 points
$80
Pale golden straw color. Fruity, oaky aromas and flavors of cedar embers, sliced apple, dried mango, and yellow plum with a supple, tangy, dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long finish that exhibits notes of pineapple core, granny smith , chai spice, crystallized honey, and caramel corn with fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. An instantly appealing Chardonnay with balanced fruit and oak.
Domaine le Montoire 2018  Sancerre
94 points
$50
Emerald straw color. Fruity, floral aromas and flavors of citrus marmalades and peach blossoms with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and an effortless, complex, long finish manifesting accents of tropical fruit melange, lemon curd, and hint of wheatgrass with no oak flavor. A sensationally fragrant and vibrant Sancerre that is a great example.