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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  • Austria

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  • California

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  • France

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  • Italy

    Wine in Italy is as much an integral part of everyday culture as love, family, cuisine and usin...

  • USA

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  • Germany

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  • Alsace

    This region, wedged between the Rhine River and the Voges Mountains, is the product of a fascin...

  • Alsace Aoc

      Alsace AOC is the appellation that covers nearly all of the wines of Alsace except for the...

  • Willamette Valley

      The Willlamette Valley region in Oregon has a wine-making history that dates back to th...

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    In 1995, Doctors Ian and Elena Renner decided to finally plant the vineyard of their dreams, plan...

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    After having split the parental winery in 1992 between sister Birgit and Michaela Haas, she is in...

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  • Met a friend from out of town at Envy and we tasted a few wines with Robin and Mike. #purpleteeth'13 Apsara Rivers Reach Sauv Blanc'12 Apsara Las Madres Syrah'12 Apsara Las Madres Whole Cluster Syrah'12 Apsara Kennefick Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon'13 Apsara Amoenus Cabernet Sauvignon barrel sample'13 Apsara Kennefick Ranch CS barrel sample'13 Ancil... Read More

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  • I am having some friends over for dinner.  I am making this dish that I really like- very simple, but tastes great.  It's pork chops browned in garlic and olive oil, then add coarsely chopped red bell pepper, mushrooms, and a few tbs of tomato paste in white wine.  Then it all simmers for 40min or so.  I plan to serve it with a side of orzo with... Read More

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  • Winter's Hill Vineyard Dundee Hills Pinot Blanc 2013

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    This smells terrific, its not very aromatic but then again Pinot Blanc isnt an aromatic grape. what it does deliver is this subtle purity with hints of white fruit, white peach, crab apples, chalky soil notes and a fine base of sweet dried floral notes. Bright and focused in the mouth, this has a fine mineral base on the palate with lively acids... Read More

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  • I discovered a great wine shop that I should have visited long ago.  I was ... bay...Bought a Merry Edwards pinot blanc, arnot-roberts rose, windy oaks pinot, and too many more to  list here. &nbs Read More

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  • We continue our ongoing interview series with the friends of Snooth today by introducing Jon Thorsen. Jon maintains one of the most focused blogs on the block. The perfectly named ReversewineSnob.com, You see Jon is out there looking for wines for himself, mostly everyday wines that offer great QPR. His tasting notes and discoveries deserve to b... Read More

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  • This was a cheapie from a bargain retailer...  Thought I would give it a try for 4.99.  It is very nice!  Not the best sauv blanc ever, but a great drinker...  crisp, light, and 13.5% etoh.   I made a chicken caprese tonight that called for a pinot grigio to serve with, but I had no pinot grigio.  This light SB with lemon/grapefruit notes paired... Read More

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  • A ridiculous number of trigger pullworthies in this new offering, many in their absolute drinking prime. Wish the shop was just down the street from me, rather than the ones that are. But then I'd have to live in NYC.  ;-(I love it when a guy drops 100 cases on a shop, just to 'make some space" in his cellar. Wonder what's going to be filling th... Read More

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  • Chateau Chantal Pinot Blanc Omp 2012

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  • Just got home after having dinner following the tasting. Met up with Mr and Mrs eMark who were in town for the NASCAR race at Sears Point over the weekend. Foxall was a gametime scratch due to a nagging injury so my better half stepped in in his place. Mrs eMark was happy to have another woman to chat with. My overall take was it was OK. There w... Read More

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  • Just got this from Adam Lee. Meeting up with eMark and Foxall Monday for dinner. Should we change venues and do this? Not at all familiar with what Virginia has to offer. Hey All, Not sure if this is the proper place to post this, but wanted to invite all of you in the Santa Rosa area to a tasting of Virginia wines that we are hosting next Monda... Read More

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