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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  • Looking for a really full bodied red wine - the more robust the better, up to $150ish. Thanks!   Read More

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  • Riesling could be eclipsing Chardonnay as a go-to white wine grape for wine drinkers. My definition of wine drinkers here includes folks who don’t drink wine on a regular basis, but know a few grapes by name when ordering at a restaurant or picking up a bottle for a special occasion. This says a whole lot about Riesling. Many perfectly fine indi... Read More

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  • Just got another box of Mike Smith's wines, and have noticed the ABV's are in a reasonable space for today's super ripe Napa market. Maybe it's just the wines I tend to buy from Mike's labels, as he has said he likes the challenge of making higher ABV wines drink in a balanced way.This could have been a PM to OT, but I figured others would be in... Read More

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  • Nice looking pizza, MJET. Calling Stephen! Any experience with the wines I ... ... really a joy—half pinot blanc, half chard so a different blanc de blancs which could duke it out with a lot of champagnes. Plenty of complexity beyond the brioche. This all from memory. Wasn’t exactly the kind of gathering conducive to note taking…        NCAA M... Read More

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  • Last day in wine country (actually yesterday). Well this is it for this trip as far as being in the vineyards goes, might as well go out big. Started the day quite proper with a morning excursion to Iron Horse and their sampling of bubbles.  We've made this a must do since ever since our first pre-noon foray back in 2010.  Absolutely nothing as ... Read More

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  • Day 3, just when you thought it couldn't get any better. Yesterday was a hell of a day, great wine, great people and a lot of fun. Today we headed over the hill to the "other side" where we met up with Robin Akhurst, winemaker extraordinaire and just an all around great guy. We met Robin two years ago thru no other than our favorite local expert... Read More

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  • Great 1st day.  Weather was off and on all day, showers, sun, hail, more rain, cool, warm, ... Here's what the six happy travelers did today:Martinelliwww.wineroad.com/events/barrel-tastingCarol SheltonInspirationBenoviaJoseph SwanMoshin Barrel tasting started at 11am but since we're still kind of on East Coast time we all woke up early and were... Read More

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  • The CFO and I and four others are back in CA doing a weeks worth of tasting.  Today is the Sonoma Barrel tasting to be followed by a couple more days in Sonoma and two days in Napa. Reports to follow. Read More

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  • When you spend more than two weeks in a place you soak in a lot about it. Taste all the wine you want at home, but there’s simply no substitute for standing in the dirt where the wine is grown or for tasting it alongside those who shepherd it into existence. These things are certainly true of a recent trip I took to New Zealand, which saw me cri... Read More

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  • GregDean is a good bloke and yes does make some good wineUnfortunately history showed thatv too many of our winemakers were seduced by Parker Points which were awarded for high alcohol "fruit bombs" sadly it was not the fruit that was the problem it was the decision to harvest later to "engineer" high alcohol.The big problem we found with these ... Read More

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