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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  • Have started to see the appeal in Champagne and other quality sparkling wine more and more lately. It's a festive drink with high drinkability and pleasure, provided you are drinking within the wine's general drinking window. I can remember my eldery godmother saying on one of our visits that she couldn't drink wine anymore due to her stomach is... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Bubbles - Champagne and...


  • I have a theory. Easy to pronounce and easy to remember names help drive wine ... of the wine, Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc. Blanquette is the local name for Mauzac, meaning “little white one”, a reference to the underside of the leaves getting a white downy underside and not to the size of the grape itself….a question coming to a pub quiz near... Read More

    From the article The Languedoc's Sparkling Wine Secrets, Revealed


  • LOTS of good wine out of S.A. They've got plenty of winemaking history down ... varietals and try several. Chenin blanc and sauvignon blanc are good places to start. Very good qpr, but not only that, more-than-decent wines. Just don't expect supermarkets or any old wine shop or any old discount online site to be serving you the best. They're pu... Read More

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  • Al, I've tasted a little under two dozen different S. African wines (red ... one - 2010 Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc. The one pinotage I've had wasn't expensive but wasn't cheap either ~$22 and it came off kind of thin without much going on.  From what I've read, S. African winemakers are supposedly stepping things up a notch, may have to keep the... Read More

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  • Vinovino - that Qupe is pretty good. So is their Viognier. Actually, I think ... bad - there aren't many Chenin Blanc producers in CA and I kind of like Pine Ridge Read More

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  • Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc Viognier 2014

    Snoothrank:

    Very palealmost watery lookingyellow color. Bright refreshing tropical fruit nose. Lots of fruit on entrygreen apple, citrus, table grapes, pineapple, melon. No indication of RS on the label, but I have to believe there is, at least, 1%, or so. Very tart makes this a very refreshing, although not terribly sophisticated, summer wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc Viognier 2014

    Snoothrank:

    Floral and fresh on the nose. Light fruit and a touch sweet with good acidity. Finish was short and slightly bitter. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • In 2012 it looked like this:1. Chardonnay (93,153 acres)2. Cabernet Sauvignon ... ... Barbera (6,286 acres)13. Chenin Blanc (5,936 acres)14. Grenache (5,846 acres)15. Ruby Cabernet (5,801)16. Carignan (2,547 acres)Rubired is used to make juice and powdered tannins. It's one reason wines like Earthquake Zin can be so dark. Plantings of Pinot No... Read More

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  • As per your OP's title, JD, next a look at CA. From the Wine ... white ... white wine varietals include Chenin blanc, French Colombard, Gewürztraminer, Marsanne, Muscat Canelli, Pinot blanc, Pinot gris, Riesling, Roussane, Sémillon, Trousseau gris, and Viognier.[8]Up until the late 1980s, the Californian wine industry was dominated by the Bord... Read More

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  • Trying to recall a conversation we had a little while ago on this subject.Whats the most widely planted (acreage) and produced (bottles) red grape in CA, U.S., and worldwide?I seem to recall a Snooth article mentioning Grenache as the most widely planted red grape worldwide, but that was some years ago. I'm assuming it's Chardonnay for white? Read More

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