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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  • Bourgogne Passetoutgrain Philippe Jouan 2011


    I bought this bottle of wine from a wine merchant in Sussex ... the white grapes chardonnay,pinot blanc and pinot gris are allowed ] with all grapes being vinified together.The word 'passetoutgrains ' roughly translates as 'throw all the grapes in 'Passetoutgrain is regarded as an everyday drinking wine and is not usually very expensive, Domain... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Thank you, Dvogler. I had suspected the other commenters might not be complete ... ... semillon,  and pinot blanc. These grapes produce wines that suit my palate better than the wines from varietals like syrah, cab sauv, sauv blanc, and some of the others.I think my prejudice stems from the practice of so many US vintners who beat their wines... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!

  • So happy to be amongst fellow oenophiles! I am a freelance copywriter, writing in the food, wine, and spirits industry.I am here to share my personal enthusiasm for wines, not for professional reasons.I live in Fargo, North Dakota, USA, where no one grows wine grapes to produce actual wine. I am just slightly better informed than a complete novi... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!

  • This weekend is the Taste of Sonoma/Wine Country Weekend in Sonoma County with events we like to attend and have for the last 5 years or so. This year no tickets :-( but I still got to have a wine related day yesterday.Started out in the AM sampling fruit with my buddy Mike. We started out at Old Lakeville Vineyard in the Petaluma Gap checking o... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Had an ITB kinda Saturday

  • Blue Mountain Pinot Blanc 2014


    The flagship white from BM falls once again into a category of excellence: there is fresh, snappy apple and pear on the nose with a hint of vanilla. The entry is fresh, with vanilla-apple-spice mid-palate with a balance that suggests a hint of acidity and steel in otherwise heavenly spring water. With a medium finish, and thirst-quenching attr... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Looking forward to learning more about wines and wine pairings; especially pairings for desserts such as cheesecakes and chocolate cakes. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!

  • It looks like Napa Sauvignon Blanc is also being harvested.  Quivet sent an e-mail, today:The 2015 Quivet Cellars harvest has begun!  6am brought us two tons of picture perfect McGah Family Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc to kick off the season.  It's been warm & dry to say the least so 'Early' is the buzz word of the vintage.  Our weather this week fi... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Napa Cab pick is on in August!

  • I was in Calistoga at 6am this morning helping a friend who was picking her Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. First Cab pick in Napa this season. Two weeks sooner than her previous earliest pick.Good looking fruit, but small berries and low yield. A scant 2.2T from the acre vineyard. Read More

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  • Are thoughts of Thanksgiving Pinot starting to dance in your head? It’s not time for that just yet. But when the holiday wine planning finally begins, there’s a good chance you’ll be thinking about Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Established in 1984 (and now consisting of six sub-regions), the Willamette Valley AVA has consistently garnered accolade... Read More

    From the article The Top Secret Chardonnay Files

  • According to the numbers, wine from the United States is an afterthought in Australia.  A report this past week from Pasco, Wash., NBC-affiliate KNDO/KNDU indicated that Australia is showing a keen interest in changing that trend by bumping up its imports of wine from Washington. Currently, the report said, exports of American wines to Australia... Read More

    From the article WA to Oz: Aussie Rep Explores Export Options for Washington Wine

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