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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  • Zin or a Chenin Blanc  Read More

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  • Zin or Barbera?Have both on hand...2014 Bedrock Evanghelo, 2011 Elio Grasso Barbera.Something else?  Read More

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  • Being a fan of Jolie-Laide and being that we have been drinking a lot of whites ... California 2014 - $35 39% Chenin Blanc, 28% Semillon, 21% Chardonnay, 8% Melon, 4% Pinot Blanc // 10 bottles remain         Keep, Lost Slough Vineyard, White Blend, Clarksburg 2015 - $18 35% Cortese, 34% Falanghina & 31% Loureiro. I see at least 189 Scrabble poi... Read More

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  • Rckr - thanks for the followup, always nice to get a picture of others ... ... wine discussion, opened this Chenin Blanc from Swartland the other night.  Not bad, not great but well worth the $13. Notes of ripe pear and subtle citrus with a medium amount of acidity. I'd purchase this again for a mid-week drinker with no hesitatio Read More

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  • We celebrated with Fish Tacos and a newly delivered Sadlands Chenin Blanc.The wine is tasty but I have some red left over from last night so I had just one taste of the Sandlands. Will check back in maybe Sunday as my schedule is full fir the next couple nights. saturday is the Historic Vineyard Society Vineyard Tour and Dinner and Friday night ... Read More

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  • Gerard Bertrand Cremant de Limoux Brut Rose Cuvee Thomas Jefferson 2013

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    I recently found this Cremant de Limoux for sale at my local supermarket. They just started carrying Gerard Bertrand's wines, which none of the local wine/liquor stores carry. This sparkling wine is quite nice for the money, very dry, medium small bubbles, with a clean aftertaste. However, there are several other brands in this price range that ... Read More

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  • Have started to see the appeal in Champagne and other quality sparkling wine more and more lately. It's a festive drink with high drinkability and pleasure, provided you are drinking within the wine's general drinking window. I can remember my eldery godmother saying on one of our visits that she couldn't drink wine anymore due to her stomach is... Read More

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  • I have a theory. Easy to pronounce and easy to remember names help drive wine ... of the wine, Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc. Blanquette is the local name for Mauzac, meaning “little white one”, a reference to the underside of the leaves getting a white downy underside and not to the size of the grape itself….a question coming to a pub quiz near... Read More

    From the article The Languedoc's Sparkling Wine Secrets, Revealed


  • LOTS of good wine out of S.A. They've got plenty of winemaking history down ... varietals and try several. Chenin blanc and sauvignon blanc are good places to start. Very good qpr, but not only that, more-than-decent wines. Just don't expect supermarkets or any old wine shop or any old discount online site to be serving you the best. They're pu... Read More

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  • Al, I've tasted a little under two dozen different S. African wines (red ... one - 2010 Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc. The one pinotage I've had wasn't expensive but wasn't cheap either ~$22 and it came off kind of thin without much going on.  From what I've read, S. African winemakers are supposedly stepping things up a notch, may have to keep the... 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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