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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  • Badger Mountain Pure White Vns

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    Badgers mountains pure white wine leaves little to be desired. The initial complex fruity notes can only succumbed by the finishing notes of salted chode. It's starts with a medium body and hints of pineapple. Only to finish across the tongue with distinct anus characteristics. The final impression is that of a overweight man's towel after the ... Read More

    Wine review by vinoexpert


  • The expected price ranges quoted are for the lot-quantity of bottles mentioned, ... some ways reminds us of dry Chenin Blanc. The wine is clean and brisk and refreshing, medium-bodied, and the aromatics follow-through on the palate. This seems like a good compliment to the other local wines! JW  |  60 in stock  |  $26.99 Canonica, Giovanni 2010... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Al, with four people, even one on meds, and a big steak dinner, one bottle just ... ... BYOB. Maybe order the Chenin Blanc off the list (lots of good CB from down South Africa way), and then have the staff open the red I brought.I see no advantage in supporting Morton wine price gouging. Chee Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • DM - We did have a 1/2 dozen oysters to start with, and the Chenin Blanc might have paired well with that, but we would have needed a second bottle to go with the steak dinners.  Our male friend (Greg) was drinking what ever we put in front of him, but his wife (Beth) only wanted a few small servings of wine since she was on medication.  Overall... Read More

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  • Al, I would've started with a bottle of the South African chenin blanc, then followed with a bottle of the Mayacamas from near the bottom of your top photograph (hard to read all the way to the top of it or the one at bottom). Two bottles for $200. Would decant the Mayacamas.The wine list is too pricey for what's there, and it's all the usual st... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • L'Ecole No. 41 Chenin Blanc 2013

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    Crisp and vibrant with a lively acidity. Nice floral aromas with citrus, apple and a hint of pink grapefruit. Refreshingly mouth watering. Great wine for summer or with food. Read More

    Wine review by anchca


  • L'Ecole No. 41 Chenin Blanc 2013

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    Wine review by anchca


  • This summer I'm trying to help you out of your seasonal drinking ruts. So far I've suggest some delicious alternatives to your standard drinking fare. Consider Portuguese whites, Soave, and of course Chenin from South Africa as tips worthy of investigation.Today I turn my attention to Spain, and in particular towards Rueda and it's mainstay vari... Read More

    From the article Va Va Va Verdejo!


  • Emark is 100% correct.  I'd also suggest that, if you have a large group, you consider things in lower price ranges, unless cost is no object.  My nephew allowed me to provide the wines for his wedding last year--he otherwise requested no gifts, as he couldn't lug all his things to his new posting in the Middle East--and the guests and couple (w... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Which wine for my wedding?


  • Hello Everyone, I'm getting married on 7/5 and need to choose a white and a red from the short list below to serve at the party. I am a wine drinker, but unfortunately know very little about which wines I like and why.The wine will need to be as versatile as possible, as we are serving a choice of Salmon w/watermelon salsa, filet, scallops in a ... Read More

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