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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  • I know what you’re thinking: When are we gonna start drinking wine? ... ... ... Barbera, Riesling, Pinot Blanc). Surprised to see me drinking my white wines out of all-purpose stems? Don’t be -- they give the wines the space they need to releases their aromas, and why would you want anything less. Putting white wines in little glasses is sill... Read More

    From the article Wine 101: Stemware


  • Here in the United States we are on a first-name basis with our wine grapes. The majority of casual wine drinkers understand what “Merlot”, “Moscato”, and “Cabernet” mean. Nowadays “Pinot” and even “Riesling” are familiar pals too. This is largely because the United States and other New World regions label their wines by varietal rather than geo... Read More

    From the article The Rise of Non-Traditional Wine Blends


  • Cote Mas Cremant de Limoux Brut Rose

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    Nice easy drinking way to begin a lunch. A bit bracing with cherry, strawberry, and cotton candy. A bargain at the pricing of $15 Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • We talked a lot about sparkling wine last week but there is a lot more to ... ... ... 18% Pinot Noir, and 4% Pinot Blanc – all organically farmed, this sparkling wine offers brioche, floral notes, and inviting spicy aromas joined by lively and mature tree fruit flavors in the mouth. It has a clean, refreshing finish with a persistent stream o... Read More

    From the article Holiday Sparkling Bottle Pick List


  • Gerard Bertrand Cremant de Limoux Brut Rose Cuvee Thomas Jefferson 2013

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    Purchased at Binny's, 12/2016 & 3/2017. Yippee. Beautiful in the glass, tiny bubbles, a hint of a nutty taste in the mouth with a dry finish. Best of the show in a small two bottle tasting. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • I love a good value when it comes to sparkling wine, but there are so many occasions that warrant higher price points. In fact, purpose is the single most important part of any sparkling wine purchase. Is it a romantic affair or a graduation? Is it Thanksgiving or a retirement party? Will you be present when the bottle is opened? Generally speak... Read More

    From the article The Decision to Spend More on Sparkling Wine


  • With the New Year just around the corner, pop the cork on a sparkling wine and ... player but Pinot Noir and Pinot Blanc can also join the blend. It’s not cheap but it’s a wonderful alternative to Champagne and often has a price tag $15 lower than the King of Sparklers. Ricci Curbastro Brut, for example, tips the scales at $35. The Franciacort... Read More

    From the article Have a Sparkling Holiday & A Grand Cru New Year


  • Many wineries are distinctly associated with a single appellation or growing region. Martin Ray Winery unlike most can claim to real roots in two distinct California counties, Santa Cruz and Sonoma. When you consider the fact that they also source grapes in some of Napa Valley’s most prime AVA’s the picture that comes in to focus shows a brand t... Read More

    From the article Winery Spotlight: Martin Ray


  • Domaine de la Rosiere Jongieux Vin de Savoie 2015

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    If you like purity, the scent of snow and wild white fruit such as gooseberry, ... and slightly reminiscent of Pinot Blanc. Wonderful mountain-dreaming nectar that reminds me of a mountain climbing youth and long-lost friends. 8 Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Whenever I get together with friends and cook my wife and I always love to start with a sparkling wine. Even the act of pulling off the cork signifies that it’s time to celebrate. Years of history have put that front and center. However when you are hosting a dinner party there is so much to think about, so many things to buy, and so much to put... Read More

    From the article The Difference Between Value & Cheap Sparkling Wine


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