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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  • Staatsweingut Bad Kreuznach Kreuznacher Kahlenberg Weißburgunder Spätlese Blanc 2007

    Snoothrank:

    I lived in Bad Kreuznach from 1978 through 1980 while my first husband was in the US Army and stationed at Rosenkaserne. Therefore, we had a wonderful opportunity, not only to taste the local wines at greatly reduced prices, but also to visit all the weinfests that we had over that time. My favorites of all the wines were those produced in my ... Read More

    Wine review by PrincessJM


  • Like many foodies, I adore oysters on the half shell. One of my first jobs ... ... Grand Cru Spiegel 2007.)Pinot Blanc (Try Zind Humbrecht 2011.) But what would a somm say? Some thoughts from Master Sommelier Pascaline Lepeltier:  For salty, lemony, briny East Coast style oystersSour beers (Belgian or US.)Red wine made from the Caino, Espadeir... Read More

    From the article Nonconformist Oyster & Wine Pairings


  • Mine started about six years ago when I met my wife.  We played volleyball in an adult league against each other and hit it off at the bar after.  We never drank wine together (only lots of beer) and the subject never came up.  We had been "dating" a few weeks when I invited her over to make us dinner.  She said she would bring a bottle of wine.... Read More

    Forum post in the topic How did your wine interest...


  • I've been trying wines from different Beaujolais regions and have yet to find one that I love. Here are the ones I've tried with disappointing results:Clos de la Roilette Fleurie '13Fessy Regnie Chateau des Reyssiers '11Duboeuf Beaujolais-Villages '11Beaujolais NouveauWith all these wines, the problem is that the wines don't have the vibrant red... Read More

    Forum post in the topic In need of Cru Beaujolais advice


  • Come mow Darren, every night is a wine night at this house.We (Americans) are celebrating tomorrow. I stood up a magnum of 2099 Copain "Goutte d'Art" Anderson Valley Pinot Noir. It was a wine that Wells bottled only in Magnums and was only available at the NY Museum of Modern Art at The Modern Restaurant.  A blend of choice barrels from Wentzel,... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Thanksgiving Wines


  • What's everyone opening?No cooking for me this year, but I'll be providing all the wines, probably 10-12 bottles. Have to make final cuts tonight but a couple bottles of Chardonnay, Beaujolais, and Pinot are in the mix.  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Thanksgiving Wines


  • In America tomorrow is the big day: Thanksgiving. Of course most of us will roll out the traditional recipes and ingredients, with turkey taking center stage at the table. Now what about your side dishes? Along with the standby family favorites—sweet potatoes, stuffing, cranberries—there will be the standby wines: a Sauvignon Blanc or a Pinot No... Read More

    From the article Unpredictable Food & Wine Pairings


  • One nursery in New Zealand is trying to make the grape harvest a little easier on the back. Marlborough-based Ormond Nurseries is already taking 2016 orders for their HI-STEM tall grapevines, which stand at an average of 75 centimeters tall rather than the usual 35 centimeters. “There is a booming demand for grape plants because people are devel... Read More

    From the article Kiwi Nursery Sees Spike In Tall Orders


  • The father of all wine grapes won't go the way of the dinosaurs – for now. A team of Swiss volunteers and  Swiss grape geneticist Dr. Jose Vouillamoz came to the rescue of a Swiss Haut-Valais vineyard schedule for demolition to make way for a community project.  The vineyard is home to Gouais Blanc, the grape which father several grape varieties... Read More

    From the article Scientist and Volunteers Save Papa Bear of World's Wines


  • Anne de Laweis Alsace Pinot Gris Reserve 2012

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in London's Kensington ... the ... the bottle.Pinot gris,like pinot blanc and pinot meunier is a mutation of pinot noir.Anne de Laweis was a lady who lived in Alsace in the 16th century whose name is now used by the Cave Kienzhein-Keyserberg co-operative.I started my bottle last night with my fish suppe... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


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