Pinot Blanc

 

Name of varietal: Pinot Blanc
 
Common synonyms: Weissburgunder, Klevner, Feher Burgundi, Pinot Bianco, Rulandske Bile, Rulandske biele, Blanc Vrai
 
Parentage of the grape: genetic mutation of Pinot Noir
 
History of the grape: Pinot Blanc was first grown in Burgundy and Champagne, France, and can be traced by some sources as far back as the 1st century. For a long time, little distinction was made between it and Chardonnay, however a number of vintners who knew what they were doing began producing it as a varietal release. It eventually came to prominence in the Alsace region, where it is one of the four most common grapes grown there. It made its way across Europe and to other parts of the world from there and is now a popular grape in cooler climate regions where it is most able to thrive. 
 
Characteristics of the grape: light to medium-bodied, acidic, grapefruit rind, peach, apricot, canteloupe, honeysuckle, white pepper
 
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  • Oregon

    The history of Oregon wine-making dates back to the mid 1800s. Horticulturalist Henderson Luell...

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  • Inspired to build an authentic medieval castle to honor his Italian heritage and showcase his exceptional wines, Dario Sattui studied architecture for 30 years before he created Castello di Amorosa. The 121,000-squarefoot fortress took 14 years to build, stone by stone. The Castello has 107 rooms, 95 of which are used for winemaking and wine sto... Read More

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  • Domaines Schlumberger Princes Abbes Pinot Blanc 2012

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  • Rochford Winery hosts the biggest annual concert event in the Yarra Valley, A Day On The Green. Headline acts this year include Mariah Carey, Jimmy Barnes & The Living End, Paul Simon & Sting.It's one of the first big wineries that you'll pas by as you drive into the valley, and it's big enough to offer segway tours or a dawn balloon ride. Rochf... Read More

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  • Elk Cove Pinot Gris 2013

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    This is a really tasty Pinot Gris from Willamette. Similar to a high end Napa Sauv Blanc with soft lemon pith, ripe green apple, a touch of white grapefruit, nice mouth feel, really nice acidity, and a fairly long finish. Read More

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  • Yesterday I was recovering from Monday night.  You see, Sandra & I attended a wonderful wine tasting event.  For $40 per couple, we joined Nice Legs, Ruth's Chris Steakhouse in Crystal City, and the Crystal City Wine Shop for a tasting of more than 45 different wines poured by winemakers, winery representatives and importers.  Here are those fol... Read More

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  • Tiefenbrunner Pinot Grigio Delle Venezie Vigneti Delle Dolomiti 2013

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    Really nice Italian pinot grigio. A bit more stone fruit and softer acidity than your normal pinot gris. This comes across more like a Napa Sauv Blanc, well balanced and fresh but not overly citrusy. Read More

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