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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  • Thought I'd start a topic to see what "different" wines people are drinking. I've been on a hunt to find wines made from lesser known grapes or from unusual areas. Here's one of each.This is a rose made from Cinsault, not too unusual right? Well this is from the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon. Either they don't make very good wine in Lebanon or this bo... Read More

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  • Sandra and I were fortunate yesterday to attend a quickly sold out (57 minutes after the e-mail went out to the RdV Ambassador members, it was fully booked) 'Introduction to Blind Tasting' class at our favorite Northern Virginia winery, RdV.  Getting our two slots in this class was tough, as we didn't call them until 5 or 6 hours after their e-m... Read More

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  • The next time you visit Barcelona, Spain, get yourself into the mountainous ... Pedro Ximenez, Viognier and Chenin Blanc.  If Priorat is the king, Montsant is the prince but, that said, following a recent visit I soon learned that this prince is ambitious. Priorat is looking over its shoulder. Originally part of Tarragon, the Denominacio d’Ori... Read More

    From the article Ride the Roller Coaster Vines: Priorat to Montsant


  • San Felipe Blanco 2010

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    Oxidized wine. Awful color (dark yellow). Absolutely flat and flabby in the nose and mouth. This wine was well beyond its time. Read More

    Wine review by mark


  • Sandlands Chenin Blanc Amador County 2012

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    Very pale yellow in the glass. Very fragrant, fruity aromastree fruit. On the tongue, fruit dominatesapricot, red applebut there is also a caramel thing, here. Towards the back of the palate sufficient acid arises that tones down the fruitiness. Very refreshing. I say this is an easy wine to drink now. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Sandlands Chenin Blanc Amador County 2012

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    Very pale yellow in the glass. Very fragrant, fruity aromastree fruit. On the tongue, fruit dominatesapricot, red applebut there is also a caramel thing, here. Towards the back of the palate sufficient acid arises that tones down the fruitiness. Very refreshing. I say this is an easy wine to drink now. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Kiona Chenin Blanc Red Mountain Ice Wine 2004

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    Smooth & tasty Read More

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  • Nothing goes with all foods. Maybe Grenache/Syrah. Chenin Blanc goes well with food, The label will have the denotation Sec or Demi-Sec in the wine name. Sec may mean dry but the allowable sugar in Sec wine makes that meaning a nonstarter for me. There are also many dry wines that give the perception of sweetness so don't narrow your views too m... Read More

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  • I have been trying to find info on wine terminology. Im lost everytime I visit the wine section and read the reviews as I dont know what they mean.  Please help. I enjoy red and whites that are not very sweet and not dry and that I can drink 3 sips at once without  having to pucker. Not as sweet as Beringers white zifandel  and not as dry as Mir... 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


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