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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  • Have enjoyed several versions over the years, but I always go back to the ... ... the Tyrol and Jura, even dry chenin blanc or riesling)  and a variety of reds (first had it with Cab, but now prefer with Burgundy [not gag-worthy cherry cough syrup CA pinot], nebbiolo [barolo/barbaresco] or tempranillo  [rioja]) and even the likes of sherry and... Read More

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  • Morels are in season and I just picked up 3/8 of a pound, so I'm looking for some interesting and delicious recipes to try, so any suggestions, please post them! Read More

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  • Furmint is to Hárslevelû as Cab is to Merlot. I.e., for most ... ... ... of some dry Furmints vs Chenin Blanc.The Meyger should be pretty good. They're owned by the same French folks who own Pajzos and for the price, it's a decent bottle. If you can find it, one of the best buys IMO is Dereszla. And after many years, the people at Oremus have... Read More

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  • So, does that mean you have to start a "Watcha drinking at the Las Madres ... ordered four bottles:-- 1 X Chenin Blanc-- 1 X Blush-- 1 X Carignane-- 1 X TrousseauThat is exactly what was in the box that I had just opened.  Obviously, the second box had been shipped to me by mistake.I've sent an e-mail to Sandlands explaining the situation, and... Read More

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  • Carmen Stevens' Angels Reserve Chenin Blanc 2014

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  • Jon, ABV for both the Tofanelli and the McGah (I misspelled it, above) is ... ... of Chardonnay, Riesling, and Chenin Blanc grapes.  Clearly from Valle de Guadalupe, and, most likely from the 2011 vintag Read More

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  • "While I appreciate what they (Tegan, Duncan Arnot-Meyers) are trying to ... that. Very close relative to chenin blanc and sauvignon blanc. Has hundreds of years of cultivation history in Europe, and in Iberia came to be called Bastardo (thus my slashmark above). I first encountered it in Portugal when I was visiting various Port bodegas. Then... Read More

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  • Last week I met Jon to trade some bottles.  We met at Hi Time Liquor in ... finish.12.3% alc. 2013 Chenin Blanc – Amador County – 12 barrels producedPlanted in 1979 and grown at 1500 feet in a mixture of iron rich volcanic, quartz and decomposed granite soils, this vineyard is head-trained, dry-farmed and own rooted.Jasmine, lavender, beeswax,... Read More

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  • As a UK journalist, and Master of Wine, I discuss, criticise and recommend not ... ... ($6.81) Tesco Simply Chenin Blanc, about the Aldi Limoux Chardonnay £6.99 ($10.60) which tastes like a pretty good white Burgundy or Sainsbury’s Winemaker’s Selection Malbec at £4.75 ($7.20), which you can buy in for a party and everyone will love. I do a F... Read More

    From the article A Salute to Wine in the United Kingdom


  • Wine geeks are sometimes told to lighten-up. Wine is “just a ... wool ... wool and bruised apples of Chenin Blanc along with yellow peaches and straw. Pheasant’s Tears 2013 Chinuri Kartli This skin-contact white wine is pale gold. Its nose smells of beeswax, honeysuckle and lemon pith. Medium-bodied with a firmly dry finish, it’s a wine for th... Read More

    From the article A Reverence for Georgia Wines


  • My favorite Chenin Blanc is FMC from Ken Forrester.

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  • You will not believe your luck- if you get the chance to taste Springfontein Jil's dune chenin blanc-It satisfies at all levels -enough said-try it! Oh yes, it is from Cape Province, SouthAfrica.

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  • Chenin Blanc 2000 from Arciero, has a blosomy yet worse. Vomit Blasting Effect on my mature palet! Yuccckkk!!!

    Comment by 598477pavement 598477 pavement


  • Is arciero winery still producing chennnnin blanc with the archer on the lable

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  • Recently introduced to Simonsig Chenin Blanc, really taken with it. So much so, that I have shared with friends. And, have friends who visited the winery. So fun!

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