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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  • Jon, ABV for both the Tofanelli and the McGah (I misspelled it, above) is ... ... of Chardonnay, Riesling, and Chenin Blanc grapes.  Clearly from Valle de Guadalupe, and, most likely from the 2011 vintag Read More

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  • "While I appreciate what they (Tegan, Duncan Arnot-Meyers) are trying to ... that. Very close relative to chenin blanc and sauvignon blanc. Has hundreds of years of cultivation history in Europe, and in Iberia came to be called Bastardo (thus my slashmark above). I first encountered it in Portugal when I was visiting various Port bodegas. Then... Read More

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  • Last week I met Jon to trade some bottles.  We met at Hi Time Liquor in ... finish.12.3% alc. 2013 Chenin Blanc – Amador County – 12 barrels producedPlanted 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.Jasmine, lavender, beeswax,... Read More

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  • As a UK journalist, and Master of Wine, I discuss, criticise and recommend not ... ... ($6.81) Tesco Simply Chenin Blanc, about the Aldi Limoux Chardonnay £6.99 ($10.60) which tastes like a pretty good white Burgundy or Sainsbury’s Winemaker’s Selection Malbec at £4.75 ($7.20), which you can buy in for a party and everyone will love. I do a F... Read More

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  • Wine geeks are sometimes told to lighten-up. Wine is “just a ... wool ... wool and bruised apples of Chenin Blanc along with yellow peaches and straw. Pheasant’s Tears 2013 Chinuri Kartli This skin-contact white wine is pale gold. Its nose smells of beeswax, honeysuckle and lemon pith. Medium-bodied with a firmly dry finish, it’s a wine for th... Read More

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  • The first time I had Ethiopian food was back in high school twenty years ago, ... Indaba Chenin BlancWestern Cape, South Africa100% Chenin Blanc$10, 13.5% abv.  I’m a big fan of finding opportunities to pair white wines with red meat. Creamy and lemony, smooth and enjoyable with a short finish. This inexpensive wine is pretty easy to find in th... Read More

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  • Which brings up the old line about Cali Syrah, "What's the difference between a case of Syrah and a case of Pneumonia? You can get rid of the Pneumonia!"I think the punchline is, You can give someone a case of pneumonia.I don't agree that you never see Syrah in Safeway in Cali.  The token bottle is the generic Qupe, but it's usually there.  Othe... Read More

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  • Arabella Chenin Blanc 2014

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  • As a wine consumer I love to read about others experiences with wine, but one ... everyone.  Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc + ViognierThis blend of 80% Chenin Blanc and 20% Viognier is a staple at retailers like Trader Joe's and Costco. Pine Ridge, which is known for their pricey Napa Valley Cabernet sure knows how to make a cheap white wine. Pleasan... Read More

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