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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Mary Margaret McCamic

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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Chenin Blanc on Snooth

  • A nice crisp Sauv Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Vermentino... Chilled! Read More

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  • Since in another thread we've been getting sillier and sillier, I thought I'd bring some spillover into a new thread.What wine goes in the location shown below? My first choice would be something else (margaritas; or Pacifico, even Tecate with a 100% agave tequila or mescal shot backing it up--alternatively even Negro Modelo or Bohemia darker br... Read More

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  • Llano Estacado Blush NV

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    This wine is best served fully chilled and matches well with light fish or broiled fish or chicken.Most certainly with fresh fruits as well. Read More

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  • If you want to learn all there is to know about wine, you will have to live a ... ... $20.  Really good chenin blanc is a lot more interesting than another chardonnay and the best dry ones are under $30; really good ones can be found in the teens.  Lots of examples like that.&nbs Read More

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  • Hello,My name is Kim and I just happened across this site tonight and was quite impressed with it.  To be as brief as possible, I love wine and would love to learn as much as possible about it, particularly so that I can better contribute to my Facebook page I just started called "For The Love Of Wine."  I impulsively decided to start it last ni... Read More

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  • Bernardo Winery Chablis 2012

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    Very mellow aroma of white willow and a minerally earthy note. The actual wine ... be more like a very mellow chenin blan Read More

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  • Mullineux White Blend 2011

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  • hi Preetish, it looks like Sula Wines have moved on since they made that bottle ... and an interesting dessert Chenin Blanc.These appear to be a good introduction to the grapes and they may (or may not) tell you more about the international styles for which those grapes are typically used. The local grape wines will probably offer a good contra... Read More

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  • 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!!!

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  • 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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