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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  • Back to the thread topic... Tonight I'm making a Moroccan Beef Soup with ... ... my first 2013 Sandlands Chenin Blanc.White flowers, Asian pear, honey nose. Oily texture, mouth puckering green apple, water chestnut, crushed stone. Dayum this is delicious!&nbs Read More

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  • Ken Forrester Chenin Blanc Reserve Old Vine 2014


    Fruit on the nose. Melon, white peaches and mineral comes through on the palate. The oak is noticeable but delicate on the finish accompanied by tart citrus notes. This is a beautiful wine that pairs well with savory dishes. Read More

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  • Thank you Richard, great advise.. I will probably skip the coast region on this ... Franc, Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc on this trip.... more than enough for one short week. But I disagree on sparkling wines for brunch. What should I drink with breakfast then?@GregT & Duncan: Would love to bike arround, especially because driving and wine t... Read More

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  • @ DMCKER: I have been to Burgundy and love the Pinots. Also like the german ... Loire. So Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Malbec and Cabernet Franc it will be...I am not quite sure yet  if I am going to do the trip to Nantes, a bit out of the way. I guess I will take some info with me and decide there... let me know if you come up with names. I... Read More

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  • Yea, the Loire produces pinot noir, but nay it's not the world's best. ... ... of the world's best chenin blanc and (maybe) sauvignon blanc and muscadet and a very interesting iteration of cabernet franc to explore? Not to mention the third distinctive styling of malbec (after Cahors and Argentina) as a standalone varietal. I'd focus on all t... Read More

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  • Sounds great, and good to have you back, dgc.The Loire isn't so much pinot ... pinot noir country as SB, chenin blanc, cabernet franc and even cot (as well as melon de bourgogne nearer its mouth). Plenty of cremant around the place, too. Any particular styles of those you've had that you remember liking best? More focus on whites? Or lots of r... Read More

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  • Hi everybody, haven´t posted for a while... too busy drinking wine.Anyway, I have a trip to the Loire Valley coming up in July. We will stay 4 nights in Saumure and 2 nights in Sancerre. Anybody has ideas of which winemakers to visit? I like Pinots, Sauvignon Blanc, some Cabernet Franc and wouldn´t mind visiting a good Cremant maker. Anybody bee... Read More

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  • Hey guys!  Two Wines, a red blend and a white blend. I own the ... ... SAUVIGNON BLANC | 45% CHENIN BLANC | 10% CHARDONNAY  Pavo Real Vino Tinto (Red)50% GRENACHE | 20% CABERNET SAUVIGNON 20% RUBY CABERNET | 10% BARBERA   Please email me for more information!  Elliott@suttonandtaylor.c Read More

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  • Inexpensive Italian whites always taste a little bitter to me but Collegiata ... $10. How about South African Chenin Blanc they are pretty reliable at a lower price point just like our Finger Lakes Riesli Read More

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  • MEXICO!Pavo Real Wines are cultivated in Valle De Guadalupe, Baja, Mexico. A plentiful and exceptional Viticulture region, wines have been cultivated in Mexico since the Spanish first arrived in the 16th century. Until now, these wines have been enjoyed within the Mexican borders. Blended by MS Ian Cauble and Imported Directly into the United St... Read More

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