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White Wine

Often served chilled, white wine is great with seafood, anything spicy, and/or for a quiet night in.

About White Wine

Since the juice of all grapes is clear, white wine can be made from white or red grapes but is made with green-skinned “white” grapes most of the time. Consumers prefer freshness and purity of fruit flavors in white wine, so grape skin contact is rarely desirable in white winemaking.

 

Most whites are crisp and refreshing, though levels of acidity vary with grape variety and climate. A small percentage of the world’s white wines are aged in oak barrels for a richer style.  Popular grape varieties include Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris (Grigio) and Riesling. White wines are usually lighter than red wines and are therefore served with lighter courses, such as fish and shellfish.

 

What Makes a White Wine Age-worthy?

How often do you seek out an aged white wine? Even the savviest wine drinkers are often unsure about keeping whites around for years, worried about how the flavors will evolve.

And that’s a shame, because while many wines are made to be enjoyed quickly, what makes a wine age-worthy has little to do with its color. It’s the balance of style, acidity, and concentration that determines whether a white wine will improve and gain complexity over time.

To learn what to look for in an age-worthy white wine is easy. There are several basic attributes and a few things to consider before your customers make a purchase.