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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  • 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


  • Things are going slow but steady in British Columbia.  The ... ... riesling, sauvignon blanc, pinot blanc and viognier follow behind.  “More than 31 other varietals make up the rest, but 98 percent in total are viniferas,” Steeves wrote. The article also provided projections of wine production this year.  “With current planted acreage, the pot... Read More

    From the article BCFG Releases Vineyard Stats for 2014 Growing Season


  • Thought I'd start a topic to see what "different" wines people are drinking. I've been on a hunt to find wines made from lesser known grapes or from unusual areas. Here's one of each.This is a rose made from Cinsault, not too unusual right? Well this is from the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon. Either they don't make very good wine in Lebanon or this bo... Read More

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  • There are dozens of sparkling wines made around the world – Champagne (probably the most well-known) and another 20 or so similar wines made in France; Cava made in Spain; Portuguese Espumante; Spumante and four more Italian sparklers; Sekt made in Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic; Russian Sovetskoye Shampanskoye; Cap Classique from South... Read More

    From the article The Low-Down on Cava


  • There are plenty of ways to do sausages of all sorts on decent buns (or even ... ... and rieslings and even pinot blanc. Obviously depends on the sausage contents, toppings and roll which wine to choose.Oscar Meyer on the cheapest white rolls with mustard and relish? Champagne has worked (the utlimate fallback for so many matches, so I think ... Read More

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  • Goisot Sauvignon St Bris Exogyra Virgula 2010

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    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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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