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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    The Julius Hafner Winery is located in the quaint town of Moenchhof, approx. 50 km (35 miles) fro...

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    In 1995, Doctors Ian and Elena Renner decided to finally plant the vineyard of their dreams, plan...

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Pinot Blanc on Snooth

  • If people are going to get the salmon with watermelon salsa, my recommendation is that they don't drink any wine. Other than that, I don't know where you are but you're spending WAY too much money for Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris.  I think you could do just as well for a lot less.And I agree with the Cloudline. If those are the only choices yo... Read More

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  • Emark is 100% correct.  I'd also suggest that, if you have a large group, you consider things in lower price ranges, unless cost is no object.  My nephew allowed me to provide the wines for his wedding last year--he otherwise requested no gifts, as he couldn't lug all his things to his new posting in the Middle East--and the guests and couple (w... Read More

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  • Congratulations, CP.I'm inclined to agree with DM's choices for the wines at your reception, although, I have never had any of them.  However, I would not be surprised if most of your guests who are white wine drinkers preferred Pinot Grigio to Sauvignon Blanc.  My guess is that either of the PGs on the above list is going to be lighter and more... Read More

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  • Personally I'd go with the Krug sauvignon blanc and the Cloudine pinot noir and skip the pinot gris entirely--perhaps something sparkling instead? If champagne's too pricy maybe Cava or better yet California sparkling? Read More

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  • Hello Everyone, I'm getting married on 7/5 and need to choose a white and a red from the short list below to serve at the party. I am a wine drinker, but unfortunately know very little about which wines I like and why.The wine will need to be as versatile as possible, as we are serving a choice of Salmon w/watermelon salsa, filet, scallops in a ... Read More

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  • I was wondering what sort of new topic I could start that would pair nicely with my previous posting 'Weekday Wines'; well here it is - Weekend Wines.  Sometimes I just have to stop and take a minute to pat myself on the back for my quick wit but alas, this isn't one of those times.  Anyway, why not talk about wines we enjoy on weekends?  These ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • When we talk about Zinfandel we often tend to focus on those most familiar to us. Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma Valley, Amador County, and even Napa get their fair share of attention, though just as often we tend to gloss over some terrific wine producing regions. I’m sure that on the whole my coverage of Zinfandel this year will be equally lopsided ... Read More

    From the article Unheralded Zinfandel


  • Today's article is a bit of an anomaly for these pages: it speaks neither ... ... Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Blanc. Tomorrow will be the day that we start testing out the newest crop of Roses, Next week we might be moving on to light Barberas, Schiavas, and Pinot Noirs that are perfect served with a slight chill.  While on its face it may see... Read More

    From the article Ready, Set, Grill


  • Chateau Chantal Pinot Blanc Omp 2010

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    Pear and a touch of melon make this sweeter wine a favorite. Well balanced. Nicely priced. Great on the deck and can stand well alone. Awesome fridge staying power...up to a week. Closest to a German riesling. Read More

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  • Hey everyone, what are some of your favorite 'everyday' or M-F types of wines to accompany a regular dinner?  I personally have enjoyed the Montoya Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa, and I usually pick it up from Total Wines out here in Virginia.  This is one of those fruit-forward cabs that isn't too complex for me to appreciate, and it usually cost... Read More

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