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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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white has a special meaning when applied both to grapes and wine. Any light-skinned grape may be called a white grape, even though the grape skin is not white but anything from pale green through gold to pink. In a similar fashion, white wines are not white, but vary in colour from almost colourless to deep gold. See colour.