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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  • As a UK journalist, and Master of Wine, I discuss, criticise and recommend not the fine wine, the great vintages, the en primeurs, but the everyday, the bargain, the high volume.  I taste thousands of wines each year of low, mediocre and good quality, and, within perhaps 80 or 90 tasted at one supermarket or off licence tasting, will find perhap... Read More

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  • Getting back your roots is a matter of blending, according to a story this past by The Australian's Max Allen.  “In our modern world we've become obsessed with single varietal wines, where each type of grape is kept separate from the others in the vineyard and the winery – planted on its own, picked on its own, fermented on its own, bottle on it... Read More

    From the article Going Old-School: Some Australian Winemakers Embrace "Field Blend"


  • You should never judge a grape by its color. This past week wine ... ... pinot noir, pinot gris and pinot blanc. Her conclusion in the Palate Press article? Though pinot grapes may be a different color, their genetic information is actually quite similar. “If you found that unsatisfying, you had the same reaction I did. Obviously they're not t... Read More

    From the article Pinot Noir: Parent to a Rather Mutated Family


  • Getting back on track here I thought I'd add something different, at least for me.This evening I finished  off the Ruffino Oro from last weeks VT. It only had a glass poured out of it and it spent the week at cellar temp under a vacuum.With dinner I opened a skin fermented Sauvignon Blanc from Cowan Cellars called ISA. Not uncommon a variety but... Read More

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  • An extemely enjoyable 2010 Eyrie Vineyard (Oregon) Melon de ... this grape thinking it was Pinot Blanc and it wasn't until about '79 or '80 that the mistake was realized. (photo to follow, as soon as Snooth figures out how to get picture uploading turned back on Read More

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  • A recent survey by a large United Kingdom wine merchant shows data indicating ... Croydon have a penchant for pinot blanc and the City of London keeps the Champagne flutes full,” she wrote. Residents of Liverpool, she said, is home to the most prosecco drinkers, while residents of Ramsgate frequent the rosé bottle more than any other city in t... Read More

    From the article Thy Survey Done, Thy Sauvignon Blanc Has Won


  • I'm interested in that Pinot Blanc from the Willamette Valley.  JD, do you think it would mellow in the bottle after a few years? Read More

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  • "And now for something completely different ..." Come on, people! Chardonnay, pinot noir, sauvignon blanc, merlot, muscadet, riesling, grenache....  From France, NZ, Germany and California.... Are these not everyday drinkers in your wine portfolios/stashes/menus, and for many others like you???These weren't 'completely different' to drinkers bac... Read More

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  • Today my sweetie and I went to taste wines at two wine shops in Northern Virginia.  First up was The Wine Cabinet in Reston VA and this was special because they were tasting several Duckhorn wines!  We are members of the Duckhorn wine club (red wines only though) and at this tasting we sampled a few of their whites, specifically Decoy the Sauvig... Read More

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  • Tokaj, Maule, Yarra and Georgia. They may not sound like much now, but a recent article by Bloomberg reporter Elin McCoy suggest that these three wine regions are among eight regions will be part of a new generation of “it” wine producers. “If you're still rattling off the names of the old, long-famous regions, you're way behind the times,” McCo... Read More

    From the article Bloomberg Predicts The Next Eight Great Wine Regions


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