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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  • Funny thing about these lava lamps - they were just for me to view since this was the desk in the den where I opened the wine bottles and placed them into several layers of newspaper bags to hide their identity.  These particular lamps allow you to turn them up too high though, so the material just stays at the top.  Now in the living room, wher... Read More

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  • When Santa comes to our house he's looking for the cookies.A couple years ago I visited the Merry Edwards tasting room and, frankly, had a terrific time.  I tasted, and bought, some pretty good Pinot Noir and this.  The tasting room host said that this Sauvignon Blanc would do well with a few years of aging.  That surprised me a bit, because I d... Read More

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  • We're doing a long weekend in Russian River and Napa this weekend. Flew into San Francisco yesterday with no problems. Friend picked us up at the airport, definitely beats the heck out of fighting the huge crowd at the rental car counters. Why don't they have a contiguous highway from the airport to hwy 101.So what's the first thing to do in win... Read More

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  • Welcome to the Snooth Forum, Alinore.  It looks like you have found the New Zealand wines sweet spot in Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir.  Since you are in the UK, and, if I am reading you correctly, are looking to expand your horizons, I am going to suggest that you look at French wines, which you should be able to find pretty easily.  If you wou... Read More

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  • I am from the UK so just like the their wines- blame a friend of mine who spent a year in NZ and introduced me to them! Typically I choose the sauvignon blanc- villa maria being my usual as it is a decent wine for its price. I decided that I had become stuck in a bit of a rut and should be more adventurous with my wine choices. Most recent adven... Read More

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  • I thought I was committed to NZ wines until....Hope to get some good suggestions from this site. Read More

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  • Judges awarded 112 gold medals to New Zealand wines at the 2012 Air New Zealand Wine Awards (ANZWA). In a statement released by ANZWA early this morning, Chair of Judges and Master of Wine Michael Brajkovich lauded, in particular, this year's pinot noirs, which scored big at this year's awards with 27 gold medals. “These wines are ripe and conce... Read More

    From the article Pinot Noirs Lead the Way at Kiwi Wine Awards


  • Robert Sinskey Abraxas Vin de Terroir 2012

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  • Hello David, here's my two cents worth.  Looking at fairly available Pinots and Chards that are in your price range, are fairly reliable and pretty decent quality for the price, I'd go with a Rodney Strong Chalk Hill Chardonnay and an A to Z pinot. As an alternative, M. Chapoutier makes a very nice white (Belleruche Cotes Du Rhone Blanc) and red... Read More

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  • Hello fellow wine lovers! I am new to the snooth community, but am finding this platform to be a great place to research wines, as well as read helpful reviews. As an avid wine drinker, I am always interested in hearing other people's wine reviews, and I was wondering if some would help me with my search.  This year, my wife and I are hosting th... Read More

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