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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  • L'Ecole No. 41 Chenin Blanc 2013

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    Wine review by anchca


  • This summer I'm trying to help you out of your seasonal drinking ruts. So far I've suggest some delicious alternatives to your standard drinking fare. Consider Portuguese whites, Soave, and of course Chenin from South Africa as tips worthy of investigation.Today I turn my attention to Spain, and in particular towards Rueda and it's mainstay vari... Read More

    From the article Va Va Va Verdejo!


  • Emark is 100% correct.  I'd also suggest that, if you have a large group, you consider things in lower price ranges, unless cost is no object.  My nephew allowed me to provide the wines for his wedding last year--he otherwise requested no gifts, as he couldn't lug all his things to his new posting in the Middle East--and the guests and couple (w... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Which wine for my wedding?


  • Hello Everyone, I'm getting married on 7/5 and need to choose a white and a red from the short list below to serve at the party. I am a wine drinker, but unfortunately know very little about which wines I like and why.The wine will need to be as versatile as possible, as we are serving a choice of Salmon w/watermelon salsa, filet, scallops in a ... Read More

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  • I was wondering what sort of new topic I could start that would pair nicely with my previous posting 'Weekday Wines'; well here it is - Weekend Wines.  Sometimes I just have to stop and take a minute to pat myself on the back for my quick wit but alas, this isn't one of those times.  Anyway, why not talk about wines we enjoy on weekends?  These ... Read More

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  • Sandlands, the new Tegan Passalacqua project, released today with an ... 13.6% ... an ... 13.6% alc. 2011 Chenin Blanc Amador County2 barrels produced Planted in 1979 and grown at 1500 feet in a mixture of iron rich volcanic, quartz and decomposed granite soils, this vineyard is head-trained, dry-farmed and own rooted.Minerals, dried pear, ha... Read More

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  • Domaine de la Racauderie Vouvray Moelleux 2002

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    I had the Vouvray Demi-sec 2010. My husband and I both loved it! I am also very sensitive to sulfites and didn't have any reactions to this wine. Read More

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  • Couly-Dutheil Chinon Blanc "Les Chanteaux" 2011

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    The 2011 Les Chanteaux Chinon white is a very nice example of Chenin blanc that has a bit of maturity. The color, aroma, flavir and texture are rich, velvety and honeyed. No himts of oxidation, which arer so common in Chenin that is not fresh.Ansolutely delicious, satisfying wine, and a very fine example of dry Loire Chenin lanc. Read More

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  • Hey everyone, what are some of your favorite 'everyday' or M-F types of wines to accompany a regular dinner?  I personally have enjoyed the Montoya Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa, and I usually pick it up from Total Wines out here in Virginia.  This is one of those fruit-forward cabs that isn't too complex for me to appreciate, and it usually cost... Read More

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