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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  • California

    Viticulture in California began in the 1700s as Spanish missionaries worked their way north fro...

  • France

    Perhaps no country evokes such strong associations with fine wine as does France. Its reputatio...

  • USA

    "American Wine" has existed since the first Europeans brought their vinous heritage and tradition...

  • Germany

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  • Austria

    Austria is located in the heart of Europe and is known for incredibly dry whites of exceptional ...

  • Italy

    Wine in Italy is as much an integral part of everyday culture as love, family, cuisine and usin...

  • Oregon

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

  • Alsace

    This region, wedged between the Rhine River and the Voges Mountains, is the product of a fascin...

  • Alsace Aoc

      Alsace AOC is the appellation that covers nearly all of the wines of Alsace except for the...

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  • Sullivan Vineyards

    Arriving in the Napa Valley in 1972, Jim and JoAnna Sullivan purchased property in Rutherford, wh...

  • Matchbook

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  • Dumol Wine Company

    Our 25 acre biodynamically farmed Estate Vineyard is located on an undulating eastfacing slope of...

  • Joseph Carr

    Joseph Carr wines are produced at Larson Family Vineyards in Carneros, bordering both Napa and So...

  • Glass Mountain

    It has been more than hundred years since California wine pioneer Jean Laurent quarried stone fro...

  • Cupcake Vineyards

    Our winery is located in Monterey County, California where warm days give way to cool nights a...

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  • Domaine Carneros Brut Sparkling Wine 2004


    No written review

    Wine review by thcrawford

  • Hugel Gewurtztraminer 2006


    Eggs are always tricky to match with a wine but the Hugel Pinot Blanc 2006 had just the right edge of acidity to keep all in check. By itself the wine was less than stellar; with the food an excellent foil. Read More

    Wine review by winescribbler

  • Inspired by John of Loxton Cellars, who posted his ten top wines of all time if money was no object recently, I am putting together by own list of top wine and foods pairings that I've experienced. Lately. Except, I'm going the Hi-Fidelity route, i.e., half-assing it and choosing my top five experiences. It's tough trying to pick amongst your ba... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Top Food and Wine Pairings

  • Mezzek Sauvignon Blanc & Pinot Gris Katarzyna Estate 2007


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    Wine review by dkmd

  • Let's get some education going here. Has anyone else come across a new varietal or wine name they have never heard of before today?Mavrud: Mavrud is a unique red wine common only to the region of Thrace in Bulgaria. It is found around few cities in the central part of the country where the winter temperatures are not very low. The wines made fro... Read More

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  • Berridge Vineyard Parkburn Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2004


    Berridge Vineyards 2004 Sauvignon Blanc is a stunning value. White flowers, citrus fruits and lilies are abundant in this gem's nose. On the palate the wine is dense, thick, and rich, yet beautifully detailed. It is satin-textured, and crammed with candied grapefruits, limes, lemons, and honeydew melons whose flavors linger on and on. The wine's... Read More

    Wine review by umbarger

  • Hugel & Fils Pinot Blanc Hugel Coffret Cadeau 2005


    Light gold color to this wine with a nose that is fresh and lively. Muted pears and cream mix with minerals to allow for a unique and pretty nose. In the mouth the wine is fresh with a bright acidity with creamy mouthfeel. Lush nectarine and peach notes with a freshness that is welcome. Nothing amazing but a wine that is perfect for a light meal... Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz

  • Valley of Moon Pinot Blanc 2006


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    Wine review by Christoph

  • Gloria Ferrer Champagne Blend Carneros Royal Cuvée Brut 2000


    This was my second favourite offering from Gloria Ferrer. The Pinot in this wine gave it better overall feel. It had a better finish than the Blanc de Blanc but I found the flavors a bit more muted. Read More

    Wine review by HondaJohn

  • Erath Pinot Blanc Willamette Valley 2006


    Light, with crisp citrus fruit aromas. Slightly autolytic bite with lemon flavors. Nothing remarkable. Read More

    Wine review by mark

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