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 status of South African wine in the USA is lamentable. Even in New York City, where the most diverse selection of wine styles and origins in the world spoils imbibers, South Africa barely appears on the radar screen. The US has no heritage links to the Cape, and much of what has come ashore here in the 20 years since the end of apartheid has... Read More

    From the article Innovation Sweeping South Africa: Get Thirsty!


  • Box wine, depending on who you ask, is either the future of wine or the ugly stepsister. Long hailed with amazing potential, what actually gets to the market rarely seems to live up...or does it? Over the last few weeks I've been hard at work tasting every imaginable box wine I could find, ranging in price from about $10 to over $50, to bring yo... Read More

    From the article Don't Belittle the Box Wine!


  • Franz Keller Weissburgunder "S" 2010

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    Fresh, clean and light aromas are slightly crisp and yeasty. Round flavors of melon, lemon and a bit of saline on this complex wine with a hit of tea leaf. There's a nice minerality and freshness here which provide good structure. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Del Dotto Vineyards Cinghiale Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2008

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    Fruit forward and young. Read More

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • Kynsi Pinot Blanc Santa Maria Valley Bien Nacido Vineyard 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • "They must be legit because they have a YouTube video for their wine heritage. "Tikves is very real and legit. Have had them in Macedonia (forgot in an earlier post in another thread about them that I'd been there--that was a crazy trip), Greece and Montenegro. OT seems happy in his entrenched provincialism. I suppose if you had to drink from on... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • OT, VV heeds the old saw, "Variety is the spice of life."  If I hadn't started drinking more non-local wines, I probably wouldn't be a Syrah head--I'd still be drinking Zin, Cab, Pinot and Sauv Blanc pretty exclusively.  Anyway, a lot of our wine history comes right out of Macedonia.  I half expected to see an article by GregT when I googled the... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • I began my wine journey mining for hidden gems in little known regions along the east coast of the United States. A common response to many of the wines I shared and wrote about back then went something like this; “What, they make wine there?” In fact, wine is produced in all 50 states, but many people can count on one hand the wines they have t... Read More

    From the article The United States of Wine


  • Inspired to build an authentic medieval castle to honor his Italian heritage and showcase his exceptional wines, Dario Sattui studied architecture for 30 years before he created Castello di Amorosa. The 121,000-squarefoot fortress took 14 years to build, stone by stone. The Castello has 107 rooms, 95 of which are used for winemaking and wine sto... Read More

    From the article Dario Sattui's Napa Valley Castle - Castello di Amorosa


  • Mud in the vineyards, transportation delays elsewhere because of the rain, (in some cases) more mechanically difficult harvests, etc. can cause headaches. But those aren't the main concern for most growers and winemakers.The two major categories of concern are rotting and splitting (contributory factors include both cluster tightness and skin th... Read More

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