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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  • Trinchero Family Estates Wine 4 Chilling White NV

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    I tried this wine at a sample table while shopping at the local World Market recently. The wine was chilled. This one was too sweet for my taste. I was able to pick out floral aromas and maybe some peach and lychee fruit. The moscato grapes were easy to pick out in the blend. This wine was not very impressive to me but at $15 or so for 3 L,... Read More

    Wine review by ttutony


  • I have not had many Viogniers but I find them very 'weird' and hard to match with food... any recommendations to change my view on this varietal? Read More

    Forum post in the topic Viognier with Food


  • Charles Spinetta Winery Chenin Blanc Fun and Yummy White NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by kiwee


  • Ste. Chapelle Soft Chenin Blanc American Winemaker 2006

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    This is a soft white. A good wine for a crowd. More complex than Pinot Grigio, not as distinct as a Reisling. Nice deck wineIn the reds I like a good Cahors (SW France), Merlot (or Bordeaux) , Malbec or Gamay wine. Read More

    Wine review by marty


  • Dry Creek Vineyard Chenin Blanc Clarksburg Dry Chenin Blanc 2004

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    This was tasted at the Snooth Panel Blind Tasting. It was the last wine in the tasting and by this point I wasn't picking up much so I'd need to taste this again to be sure. It had an aroma of tea and cedar. It had a jammy flavor with some spicy but was a bit unbalanced with no finish. Read More

    Wine review by HondaJohn


  • Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc Viognier 2012

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    This is one of my absolute favorite , and go-to, white wines. The nose is light and grapefruitey. The taste is citrus fruit all around. My previous go-to, crowd pleasing White was Conundrum, but this wine has taken the top rank. It is somewhat more complex and satisfying than Conundrum, while being just as refreshing and satisfying. Furthe... Read More

    Wine review by JSG


  • Terramedia 2006

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    I ordered this wine not knowing what to expect from an Argentina Chenin Blanc. I was VERY pleseantly surprised. Fresh and fruity, (but not over the top) the wine had several layers of flavors that I was able to peel through before the clean finish. I paid $24 for a bottle at a restaurant in Seattle, so I imagine it can be found for half that at ... Read More

    Wine review by Wine Baron


  • For New Year's, I thought I'd put together a quiz about the wines of Australia and New Zealand. Answers to follow next Monday. And remember no internet peeking!1. What major "wine" city lies adjacent to the Fleurieu Peninsula?2. Houghton's White Burgundy (now called White Classic), an Australian staple and best-seller for 70 years, is a dry whi... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine from Down Under Quiz


  • Dh Lescombes Imperial Kir NV

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    This was served at our family Christmas and it was a hit. The hint of sweetness in this sparkling wine was great. Read More

    Wine review by LASLSU


  • Dry Creek Vineyard Chenin Blanc Clarksburg Dry Chenin Blanc 2005

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    This wine won a gold medal at the Sonoma County Harvest Fair in September 2008 and the Reserve Championship at the Houston Livestock and Rodeo Competition announced November 2008. There's not much available and what's left will go fast. It's great. Read More

    Wine review by sxs05913


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