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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  • Congrats on getting FatBoy logistics smoothed out.Have had Txacoli in ... ... in ... riesling, or French chenin blanc, or oaked chardonnay Read More

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  • There's a new crop of wines popping up in the southern reaches of the ... ... of white varieties including chenin blanc, viognier, and roussanne from seven vineyards,” Wong wrote. “Restrained lime, citrus, floral, grapefruit, mineral. Medium body, complex, angular and elegant with a very long finish.”Wong' second wine was Kershaw Elgin's 2012 ... Read More

    From the article Something Old, Something New: South Africa Winemakers Fusing Two

  • Sandlands Chenin Blanc Amador County 2013


    Bright nose with lots of fruit aromaspeach, melon. Fairly crisp on the tongue with those white fruit flavorspeach, melon, maybe, even, a tropical hint like kiwi. Very excellent acid backbone makes this very refreshing and easy to drink. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Well, Al, between your painting projects and OT's changing-the- surface-of ... few days.I missed the Drink Chenin Blanc Day (or whatever it was called) last Friday.  So, I'm a few days late. I'm not sure I like this one as much as I liked the 2012 version.  To me this one was much more fruit forward--peach, melon, and, maybe, even, kiwi--than ... Read More

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  • Oh I love halibut.  That would be a very tasty pairing with the Chenin Blanc.  Hope you enjoy the food. Read More

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  • Jovly Vouvray Chenin Blanc 2012


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  • Amid the cavalcade of summer wine recommendations flooding the vino world these ... Painted Wolf The Den 2014 Chenin Blanc. “I love how a stunning, cool lift of lemon verbena and even pine wafts out of the glass right off the bat,” he wrote. “On the palate, we have muddled lemon, star fruit, tangerine, and pomelo all coming together.”  The Vanc... Read More

    From the article Four Wines for the Summer: Vancouver Paper Gives Recommendations

  • Vieilles Vignes Chinon Tradition Phillippe Pain Domaine de la Commandierie 2010


    We were served this wine at dinner in the hotel on the recent French ... white ... white chinon being made from chenin blanc ] from around the town of that name This town,famous for its medieval castle where Joan of Arc met the King of France is located on the north bank of the Vienne river,a tributary of the Loire about halfway between Tours ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Wine is not the first pairing that comes to mind when you’re talking ... ... ... blend of Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Colombard, Ugni Blanc$25, 11.5% abv. The white sparkler opens up with aromas and flavors of green apples with a little toast. Firm acidity and a crisp finish, which means that this goes along quite well with snacks. Sparkling wi... Read More

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  • "When the moon hits your eye/like a big pizza pie/that's ... Sandy ... ... Sandy started us with a chenin blanc/viognier blend that was very nice, and a rich, slightly honeyed alternative to chardonnay.  I like my chenin on its own, but my wife thought this was really nice and would be perfect for her meeting tonight with the distaff movers a... Read More

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