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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  • OT  - you know those wines?  It was well-made, I'm not knocking ... so I stopped in and found a Chenin Blanc for under five bucks. "Perfect!" I thought to myself.Took it home and figured I'd chop up some shallots and garlic, throw in some chicken and mushrooms, and saute the the lot to do it up right. But just to check, I opened the wine first... Read More

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  • Bernard Fouquet Domaine des Aubuisieres Vouvray Cuvee de Silex 2014

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    Binny's 3/2017. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Santa Julia Chenin Dulce Natural 2016

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    Wine review by wenwyia


  • Looking for a really full bodied red wine - the more robust the better, up to $150ish. Thanks!   Read More

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  • Nicolas Joly Savennieres Coulee de Serrant Clos de la Coulee de Serrant 2000

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Domaine Vincent Careme Vouvray Brut Cuvee T 2012

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    Amazing wine. Not two sweet with little acidity. Excellent with shell fish. Read More

    Wine review by sbr1105


  • Bonus Day - Oakland After dropping off the rest or our gang at the ... ... ... off with an excellent Chenin Blanc. Tart and crisp but with a nice bit of creaminess and good acidity, fermented in a concrete "egg".  This was followed by a decent grenache and a really nice Dry Creek zin. The offering kind of hit home - 2014 Ancient Vines, Bedroc... Read More

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  • The CFO and I and four others are back in CA doing a weeks worth of tasting.  Today is the Sonoma Barrel tasting to be followed by a couple more days in Sonoma and two days in Napa. Reports to follow. Read More

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  • When you spend more than two weeks in a place you soak in a lot about it. Taste ... producing reference quality Chenin Blanc and Viognier to name but two. In Marlborough Astrolabe’s Simon Waghorn is impressing with Pinot Gris, Albariño, and more. Central Otago is certainly best known for Pinot Noir but they also have folks like Duncan Forsyth a... Read More

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  • I have had  sweet or off-dry chenin blanc from the Loire valley with spicy Indian foods. It is a combination that works well Read More

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