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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  • Goats Do Roam Wine Company White Rhone Blend Goats Do Roam White 2006


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    Wine review by daveferrick

  • The Thanksgiving family event always consists of a combination of family fun, ... notes, like a Reisling or Chenin Blanc. However, if youve got a family of red wine drinkers (like myself), stay with lighter, earthier red wines such as Pinot Noir or Beaujoulais so that wont the taste of the wine wont overpower your dinner.  Remember,  its all ... Read More

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  • Recolte les Arpents Chenin Blanc les Caves de la Tourangelle St. Roman 2007


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    This is a Gold Medal Wine Club-Gold Series selection from Novemeber '08. The ... Ballentine 2007 Old Vines Chenin Blanc was harvested from the Pocai Vineyard, which has been exclusively farmed by the Pocai and Ballentine families for over 100 years. The Chenin Blanc was planted in the 1970s, making it one of the oldest single vineyards of the... Read More

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