Chenin Blanc

Common synonyms: Pineau de la Loire, Chenere, Pinot Blanco (South America), Steen (South Africa), Fransdurif (Dutch)

Parentage of the grape: indigenous to the Loire Valley, France, perhaps related to Pineau d’Aunis (Chenin Noir)
 
History of the grape: Modern day French oenologist Pierre Galet states Chenin Blanc has been in France at least since the 9th century. Its origins are believed to be in Anjou, then it made its way to Tauraine (planted by Lord Chenonceaux, perhaps hence its name), and other parts of the Loire by the 15th century, and then into the Rhone. In the mid 1650s, Jan van Riebeeck of the Dutch East India Company brought vines to the Cape colony of South Africa. It was given the local name “Steen” after a history of mislabeling that plays out like a game of Telephone gone wrong: “Listan” which morphed into “La Stan” and then “De Steen.” Listan is Dutch name for a grape, yes, but the Palomino of Spain. What they in fact had Read more »

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Based in North Carolina, I'm a wine instructor at The Chef's Academy and owner of The Clever Vine, a wine consulting and education service. I hold the WSET Diploma and have a strong background in French wine, with a special interest in the Loire Valley.

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  • Middle Sister White Blend California NV

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    Little Gewurtzy floral spice, some honied spice tones, green apple and lime, ... spice across the palate, a Chenin Blanc like feel, a lot of orchard fruit on the back end, then dropping off rather quickly. Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Sutter Home Winery Chenin Blanc California 2007

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    Eh. I picked this up out of pure curiosity. It's quite acidic. Too acidic for ... produced. However it is a $5 Chenin Blanc. Read More

    Wine review by beenswank


  • Teddy Hall Chenin Blanc 2008

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    Wine review by melmorg


  • Raat's Family Chenin Blanc Original 2008

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    Wine review by melmorg


  • I had a great white wine at the bar in Arnie Morton's the other night. Livernano L'Anima Bianco.- I wrote about it here: http://nowandzin.blogspot.com/2009/08/tasting-notes-livernano-lanima-bianco.htmlThis one might be a little easier to find:Yalumba Viognier 2007 So Australia: Barossa Valley $11This wine is from So. Australia. Quite... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Summer Whites


  • Dry Creek Vineyard Chenin Blanc Clarksburg Dry Chenin Blanc 2005

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    I must give this wine a solid four. It was really enjoyable. Great purple color and fruity nose. I purchased this wine at PF Chang's. Very nice. Read More

    Wine review by rhill2990


  • Lenoir Chinon les Roches 2004

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    golden color, non-filtered AOC Chinon nose very mineral, oil, citrus, spice, dry, medium to high acidity, grapefruit with our any sweetness, some bitterness on finish Read More

    Wine review by Greg Roberts


  • I'm just starting to try wine. Are there any good, non-expensive wines that are not too strong but will ease me into loving wine? I'm nervous on pairing the wrong foods that would ruin the wine. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Help - Advice for a Beginner


  • Raats Chenin Blanc Old Vine 2007

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    not bad, slightly dry and crisp with mild apple taste. Wouldn't be my personal choice but friends enjoyed Read More

    Wine review by iceobar


  • Pinon Vouvray Tradition 2007

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    Unbelievably beautiful nose on this wine. Reminds me of bit-o-honey candy. It does not disappoint with a very smooth finish but a bit less full-bodied than I prefer. It's a great buy. Way better than most CA wines with similar price points. This is a 90+ point wine. Read More

    Wine review by vestokes


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