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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  • Goisot Sauvignon St Bris Exogyra Virgula 2010

    Snoothrank:

    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in London's Clerkenwell [www.theperfectcellar.com ] for £12. Saint-Bris is an AOC created in 2003 for white wines made from sauvignon blanc and/or sauvignon gris from around the village of Saint- Bris-la-Vineux between Auxerre and Chablis.It is the only Burgundy AOC for sauvignon blanc although there ar... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Sometimes I have to think a minute about what sort of wine would be appropriate with an activity, rather than a certain meal.  I mean, you might pour a glass of wine without any thought given to a food stuff that might be consumed while you enjoy the wine. For instance, I could come home and find one of our cats sleeping on the couch in the fami... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Proper Pairings with...


  • I would take up the challenge, but it is so easy to poke holes in a simple ... ... ... compare a weak plonkish pinot blanc to a Loire sauvignon blanc and one competes with food while the other disappears.IMH Read More

    Forum post in the topic No clue about Wine Terminology


  • OK, maybe poking holes into a simple model was too easy.As far as Priorat / ... / ... thing. That plonkish Pinot Blanc is most likely going to come from Europe, where most wine is not particularly memorable. Few people spend $30 a night on their wine. The reason French wine consumption is going down is not because they aren't drinking their f... Read More

    Forum post in the topic No clue about Wine Terminology


  • Riesling, Sauv Blanc, Chard, Pinot, Sangio, Syrah - Distinctly different varieties make it a good starting point for a blind tasting as there is little similarity between the grapes. I'd expect that Crozes to drink New World as the style from there is big and ripe. Blind tastings are the ultimate field leveler. Easy to determine afterwards if yo... Read More

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  • Sandra and I were fortunate yesterday to attend a quickly sold out (57 minutes after the e-mail went out to the RdV Ambassador members, it was fully booked) 'Introduction to Blind Tasting' class at our favorite Northern Virginia winery, RdV.  Getting our two slots in this class was tough, as we didn't call them until 5 or 6 hours after their e-m... Read More

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  • QUOTEI'm not sure your statement about most French wine regions are constrained to a single grape is correct, and I am refering only to AOC wines, here.  I know there are zillions (now, that's hyperbole) of AOCs in France, most of which I have no familiarity at all, but to my knowledge the only ones that have single grape restrictions are in Bur... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Aspiring wine lover


  • Sorry I disappeared for a while!  Finally caught the winter cold bug.  Wow!  So many more great suggestions!   I like the sherry braise suggestion but we've already advertised the menu.  During what little taste testing I was able to conduct because of my cold, we learned that a Sauv Blanc will work with the soup but definitely not a New Zealand... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Twist on surf and turf and...


  • Hi all,Just want to introduce myself. I have recently started taking an interest in wine and have come to the point where I want to start learning more about it. At this point I can identify which lines I like, and which I don’t, but I really hope to be able to take it a step further and understand what makes it so that I like certain wines and ... Read More

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  • Super Bowl XLIX will be played on February 1, 2015 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. It’s too early at the time of writing to pick wines from the two final states represented in the game, though for something you could find easily throughout the US there are only two producers in the current eight team bracket: Washington an... Read More

    From the article How to Pair Wine with Super Bowl Foods


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