What Is White Wine? Hot

What Is White Wine?

There are many different types of white wine, and each white wine has its own characteristic flavors and aromas. There are, however, common characteristics that allow us to talk about white wine as a general category. Knowing about white wines and white grapes generally will help you better understand and appreciate the wines you drink. It's a good idea to learn about the colors, styles, and characteristics common to white wines.

What's the Difference Between White Wine & Red Wine?

All grape juice is basically colorless, whether it comes from white wine grapes or red wine grapes. White wines are created either from white and yellow grapes or, sometimes, from red grapes after the skins have been removed and without contact between the skins and juice. Many white wines are lighter, sweeter, and less alcoholic than typical red wines but it is possible to get drier, stronger, and more complex white wines as well. It all depends on the grape varieties, where they are grown, and how the wine is created.

What are the Colors of White Wine Grapes?

White wines are generally made from lighter colored grapes:

  • Green
  • Gold
  • Yellow

White wines can also be created from grapes with reddish skins, so long as the skins are not left in contact with the grape juice during the fermentation process. This is more often the case with sparkling wines and champagnes, but it also occurs with regular wines as well — {ln:pinot-grigio-gris-wine-flavor-aroma-characteristics 'Pinto Grigio}, for example, is a popular white wine made from grapes with bright purple skins.

What are the Colors of White Wines?

White wines do vary in color, though perhaps not quite as much as red wines:

  • Pale Yellow
  • Yellow-Gold
  • Straw
  • Amber
  • Tuile

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