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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  • This past month renowned Master of Wine Jancis Robinson's team of wine ... ... more about Nebbiolo, while Chenin Blanc grabbed just one percent of the votes. According to Robinson, members are showing interest in holding tasting events outside of London. She noted that London-based tasting events have three advantages: no extra travel time, av... Read More

    From the article Master of Wine's Survey May Hint At Trends


  • This past Tuesday the tiny island of Malta surged its way to the headlines of ... Blanc, Chardonnay, Carignan, Chenin Blanc and Moscato. Also amid the vines are, “indigenous varieties Gellewza and Ghirghentina, which are producing some excellent wines of distinct body and flavour.” Because of the island's hot, humid climate, grapes “ripen much... Read More

    From the article Maltese Wines Win New York Times' Affection


  • Pine Ridge Chenin/Viognier 2013

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    Ripe pear with floral notes on the nose. Nice acidity and ripe fruit sweetness with a clean soft finish. Paired well with the spice meatballs my daughter brought for Christmas. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Ken Forrester Petit Chenin Blanc 2014

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    Binny's 12/2014. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Stellenrust 45 Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc 2011

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    (Past tasting 23 Feb 2013)Like the citrousy yet herby taste - good balance! Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Hot cocoa pairs well with holiday movies, but after the sun sets, the fire ... ... ... ever), go for a Sula Chenin Blanc  from Nashik – full on flavor, easy on the wallet. Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer This is the easiest pairing of the season. Anything goes as long as it is red and has a really good “nose”. This isn’t an exhaustive list, so ... Read More

    From the article Holiday Movie Wine Pairings


  • As we deck the halls, we should also remember to have wine on the brain while ... ... SRP $9 Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc-Viognier 2013 A unique blend of two grapes that would never marry in their homeland of France, this California offering has shown what a beautiful intermingling can produce. Chenin Blanc lends a majority of the blend and gives ... Read More

    From the article Real Holiday Wine for $10 or Less


  • Like many foodies, I adore oysters on the half shell. One of my first jobs ... ... White 2011.)By GrapeChenin Blanc (Try Domain Huet Le Mont Sec Vouvray 2007.)Aligoté (Try Arnaud Ente 2012.)Sauvignon Blanc (Try Château de Jau Sauvignon Blanc Vin de Pays d'Oc le Jaja de Jau 2011.)Pinot Gris (Try Schlumberger Grand Cru Spiegel 2007.)Pinot Blanc ... Read More

    From the article Nonconformist Oyster & Wine Pairings


  • Champalou Vouvray Fondraux 2013

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    Wine review by MrRiesling


  • Savennières is the French derivation of Latin’s “vicus ... ... perfumed.That grape is Chenin Blanc. This noble variety is the region’s most distinguished – and only – grape variety today. However, it didn’t arrive in the valley until 1496. So, perhaps what used to bloom in spring with the soapwort was more charasmatically aromatic. After all,... Read More

    From the article Savennieres, A Place of Soap...and of Wine


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