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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  • I'll leave your Finger Lakes exotics to others, but going one of your posts ... use all the South African chenin blanc and sauvignon blanc you can. Reliably good wine and often great values, though obviously you'll want to taste through any that are offered to you. At that price range you'll be doing a lot better than anything out of Californi Read More

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  • Terre Brulee Chenin Blanc 2014

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    White pepper and melon aromas coming from the glass. A bit soft on entry with notes of delicate peach and melon, pear and lemon. Nicely complex and sharp towards the finish, with classic funk like a perfectly aged cheese and a delicate warm finish. Read More

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  • If you can include French, you can get your distributor's rep to bring some ... ... MAN makes a really good Chenin Blanc that runs under $10. Austrian Gruner Veltliner is great with seafood or salads and sells for about $12-14 for a LITER.  (The top ones can run a lot more, and are much better, but even cheap GV can be good with summer fare--G... Read More

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  • Hi everybody I'm a small store owner at the edge of the rust belt, my customers rarely spend over $20 for a bottle, and I am looking to improve my selection a bit beyond what is here now. If you have a minute to help a guy out let me know what you think are the best wines that usually sell for $20 or less. Thanks ! Read More

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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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