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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  • "In addition to California examples you should be able to find Sauvignon ... ... some decent SB (and chenin blanc, also from the Loire in France, also done hit and miss in CA, mostly miss), usually with pretty good value. Then came New Zealand SBs, with storm and fury and smelling way too much like cat piss on a gooseberry bush. Finally the n... Read More

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  • DV, it sounds like their palates aren't ready for dry wines yet. If you are ... ... Prosecco or an off dry Chenin Blanc (Demi-Sec). For reds maybe a Bogle Zinfandel or Petite Sirah would fill the need.Welcome to the Snooth communit Read More

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  • So me and my wife took a cruise a few months back. And ofcorse we wanted to try as many new things as possible. One of those things happened to be wine. Until then me being the typical 30 year old male I usually stuck to beer or whiskey things of that nature and my wife just didn't like to drink much at all. But oh the magic that happened on tha... Read More

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  • Growing up fishing from boats off the coast of Santa ... and a good, dry Loire chenin blanc or certain Italian whites from Campania and Trentino, or back in France from Savoie or Isere. Not sure about a Jura chard, but worth a try. Certainly NZ SB's would kill the food. Perhaps South African chenins or SBs. Anyway, nothing loud and blowsy.Keep ... Read More

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  • Going back to the Lingcod story I hinted at in the other thread, here's how that went...I just remember trying Lingcod years ago at some place like King's fish house, and then never seeing it again. I'd even read fish reports in the newspaper and hardly see any caught except sometimes a few in Oxnard, etc. Seems like they are mostly caught off o... Read More

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  • JD, the with some air time those Cotes du Nuits opened nicely with lots of ... Mauzac, and Chenin Blanc Read More

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  • New Year’s Eve sparkling wine is arguably the most important wine ... ... You’ll find blends of Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pineau d’Aunis, and Grolleau. Celebrate the States’ French cuisine ambassadors, Julia and Jacques, with a bottle of Crémant de Loire! Deligeroy Crémant de Loire Rosé Brut NV 100% Cabernet... Read More

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  • EM - I just know that Pauillac Bordeaux was a good wine, even though I ... ... always liked that Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc/Viogier that, I guess, you had at the restaurant.  I've never heard anybody rave about it, but I find it to be a well-priced easy-to-drink wine., Am I correct in assuming that you guys have this annual "cookie party" and you... Read More

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  • EM - I just know that Pauillac Bordeaux was a good wine, even though I ... ... I ... full glasses were the Chenin Blanc for Sandra and the Grenache blend for myself.  A good way to enjoy lunch, I assure you.  Once we returned home and fed our kitty cats. we headed out to an annual cookie party at a friends house.  The folks were Sally and Bob... Read More

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