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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  • I love red wine but I hear so much "pair red wine with red meat" but I don't eat meat. I have fish now and then but red just doesn't go with sushi. Any vegetarian red wine lovers out there? I can't be the only one! Help me find something meat free to pair with my Cabernet! Read More

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  • Newton Johnson Chenin Blanc Eilandia l'Illa Noble Late Harvest 2007

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  • Okay, i have sitting here on my rack some sweet wines and ports (love them), but i was hoping to find some feedback on them if any of you have had them, or maybe how long you can keep them. i know you can keep sweet wines and ports for a long while, but how long is long? lol i've also included the other wines that i've been holding for a special... Read More

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  • Millton Chenin Blanc Gisborne 2007


    dry, refreshing, elegant wine. Cider and honey aromas. Medium rich mouth feel .Up front lime and apples with great minerality at the finish. Echoes of flat nv champagne though with a golden hue golden . A bit of residual sugar present which maintains a great balance in the wine. only off comment would be slightly too much alcohol as there is a... Read More

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  • Herding Cats White Blend Chenin Blanc Chardonnay 2010


    Very crisp and fruity, perfect with smoked salmon or rich chicken dishes. Read More

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  • Remy Pannier Vouvray France Loire Vouvray Table Wine 2006


    The moment you put the wine in your mouth, it jumps off your tongue in way that almost tickles. The wine brings a crisp feel to your mouth and has a nice apple taste that is followed by the sweetness of honey and a touch of grass. A second taste yields the pear flavor that is touted on the bottles label, and the general citrusy smell develops ... Read More

    Wine review by Alleigh

  • Benedicte de Rycke Cuvee Tradition 2005


    nice dry chenin blanc but provides no surprises: minerality, green apples back immediately by crisp acidity; on the nose you have a bread and mushroom and stone quality which is soft and nice Read More

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  • Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc Viognier 2007


    Very impressive. Brilliant citrus flavor and ripped sweetness of fruit with clear/smooth acidity. I've never drink this kind of white wine, and really appreciate to the excellent job! Read More

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  • Dry Creek Vineyard Chenin Blanc Clarksburg Dry Chenin Blanc 2001


    This is a Gold Medal Wine Club Platinum Series selection. The Collier Falls 2001 Hillside Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is a lush, deeply flavored wine that models the expressive fruit from the charming Sonoma County region of Dry Creek Valley. This estate wine earned a Gold Medal at the Jerry Mead International Wine Competition, a Gold Medal at the... Read More

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