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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  • Your notes are no surprise, judging by the labels. Sounds like a great wedding, and that you enjoyed it plenty, even if your wife thought more so.Some day we'll have to do a tour of Graves and the Loire for sauvignon blanc, then South Africa--*then* North & South Island New Zealand. Will be interested in hearing your comments on Dog Point, Cloud... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wedding Wines in Palm Springs


  • As I mentioned in various posts, I had a good time helping some friends plan their wedding wines recently. I was trying to be sensitive to price for the most part, but it came as little surprise that the wines pushing $30 outperformed the other two at around $15, however have to say the Dog Point Sauv Blanc was plenty serviceable for that price!... Read More

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  • Anyone have any experience?I've noticed Kelley mentioned among the best company in Oregon Pinot, popular with Somm's and the like. Being a Burgundy lover, I've mostly found CA Pinot painful (though I've found a few I like!), and Oregon Pinot quite a bit more elegant, but sometimes or most of the time more boring rather than painful (as I find wi... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Oregon Pinot - Kelley Fox Wines


  • Ah, I do enjoy the GSM blends.  If I see that Oso Libre Carnal from Paso ... ... menu; I wanted to try a Pinot Blanc this time and it was a good choice.  The price was decent ($48), considering the prices of other white wines from France.  We did enjoy it and followed that bottle up with one flight of Indian whisky.  As you might of guessed, ... Read More

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  • Snapper Rock Marlborough Sauvignon Rosé 2014

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    Wine review by trohk


  • A lot of fun, Al.From your pics, it appears that the Naan at the restaurant has ... ... in the dough?I think the Pinot Blanc with the Chicken Tikka was a good call.Sandra's hair looks great. Addendum, some hours later.  Well, since nobody has posted here, all day, I'll just tack on to this one.Went into the cellar and picked this one for tonigh... Read More

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  • Yea, the Loire produces pinot noir, but nay it's not the world's best. Even the Swiss do that grape better than the Loire. Too cool up there. Why focus on the not-so-special rarities when you're in the center of the world's best chenin blanc and (maybe) sauvignon blanc and muscadet and a very interesting iteration of cabernet franc to explore? N... Read More

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  • Sounds great, and good to have you back, dgc.The Loire isn't so much pinot noir country as SB, chenin blanc, cabernet franc and even cot (as well as melon de bourgogne nearer its mouth). Plenty of cremant around the place, too. Any particular styles of those you've had that you remember liking best? More focus on whites? Or lots of reds time, to... Read More

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  • Hi everybody, haven´t posted for a while... too busy drinking wine.Anyway, I have a trip to the Loire Valley coming up in July. We will stay 4 nights in Saumure and 2 nights in Sancerre. Anybody has ideas of which winemakers to visit? I like Pinots, Sauvignon Blanc, some Cabernet Franc and wouldn´t mind visiting a good Cremant maker. Anybody bee... Read More

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  • Snapper Rock Marlborough Sauvignon Rosé 2014

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    Wine review by trohk


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