tarte’s wine week continues with today’s feature: whites! Can you think of anything more refreshing on a hot summer afternoon than a glass of chilled white wine? We sip this pale-hued vino in the colder months, too – especially when we’re munching on veggie dishes, pastas, or fish.  Of course, if you’re prone to spillage (as we are), you know that white is the choice when light-colored clothing or drink-in-hand dancing might be involved.

Not all whites are created equal, however – they can range from clear, crisp, and grassy to golden, sweet, and rich. Below, a primer on a few of our favorite shades of white… and outfits to go with them all.


Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon blancs are light, lovely, and complex wines. The best ones, we find, come from New Zealand, France, California, and Chile. General tasting notes: grass, minerals, tropical fruits, apples, and pears.

Our recommendations: The Crossings Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Rag&Bone dress, Kelly Weastler twisted brass bracelet, Charlotte Olympia Minerva ankle booties, Kain silk tank, our Amazonian clay shimmering powder, Isharya joy chalcedony chandelier earrings,  and a JRosamosario lace robe.


Chardonnay grapes are one of the most widely-planted vineyard grapes in the world, and this wine’s taste can vary widely based on the terroir of a region and the composition of the barrels in which it is aged. General tasting notes: oak, butter, honey, vanilla, citrus, peaches.

Our recommendations: Chapellet Chardonnay 2009, Melissa Odabash bikini, J.Crew striped satin skirt, our clean slate™ 360 creaseless 12-hour smoothing eye primer, Pamela Love’s silver and bronze pyramid ring, Marc by Marc Jacobs blade chrono watch, and DVF’s Carpreena Mini Rose jacquard dress,



Sauternes is a French dessert wine that can be enjoyed outside of dessert-time. It balances sweetness with acid, fruity, and nutty flavors, and bears a gorgeous gold color. General tasting notes: stone fruits, honey, spice.

Our recommendations: Chateau Coutet Sauterne 2005, Oscar de la Renta earrings and pumps,  Paul & Joe Sister Amazonia embroidered crepe dress,  J.Crew belt, our Amazon bronze Amazonian clay & annatto body bronzer, and Illesteva sunglasses,

What crisp white do you prefer to sip under the blazing summer sky?