Chenin Blanc

Chenin blanc (known also as Pineau de la Loire among other names), is a white wine grape variety from the Loire valley of France. Its high acidity means it can be used to make everything from sparkling wines to well-balanced dessert wines, although it can produce very bland, neutral wines if the vine's natural vigor is not controlled. Outside the Loire it is found in most of the New World wine regions; it is the most widely planted variety in South Africa, where it is also known as Steen.
Posts about Chenin Blanc
    • Loire Valley Wine: Anjou Saumur Wines Sparkle (VIDEO)

      Loire Valley Wine Holds Court Less than two hours from Paris, France and about 200 miles long the Loire Valley is a massive winemaking region. The wines of France’s most diverse wine region are as different as they are delicious. In this video, our wine travels take us on an education adventure into the Loire Valley’s Anjou – Saumur regions.

      Monique Soltani/ Wine Oh TVin Riesling- 10 readers -
    • Aussie native brings love for Riesling to Washington

      Wendy Stuckey, white winemaker for Chateau Ste. Michelle in Woodinville, Wash., pours a glass of Eroica Riesling. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) WOODINVILLE, Wash. – Were it not for two chance meetings, Wendy Stuckey might have happily spent her entire winemaking career in her native Australia and missed out on a great adventure.

      Great Northwest Winein Sauvignon Blanc- 6 readers -
    • South Africa – Vote Yes

      15th Dec 2014 South Africa – Vote Yes Sometimes it takes events like the Scottish Referendum to make you realise that however ancient and permanent the old order appears, the status quo could suddenly change. It’s no different in the world of wine: in fact, there’s one anomaly that I’ve been increasingly aware of recently.

      Tim Atkin MW- 7 readers -
  • Sparkling Wine for New Year’s Eve versus Champagne

    … and many countries around the world produce sparkling wines, often using the same techniques and grapes as champagne. Most sparklers are a blend of the traditional champagne grapes—Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay. Like champagne, they’re labeled according to their dryness, with extra brut being the driest, followed by brut, extra sec, sec…

    Natalie Maclean/ Natalie MacLean- 3 readers -
  • Sparkling Surprises at Southeast Wine Collective in Portland

    … this wine from Chenin Blanc (from Yakima), Cabernet Franc and Gamay. Kate Monroe explained they chose these varietals for "lots of texture." This wine is not yet released and is a bit like a toddler. Just when you think you have a hold it shifts a bit beyond your grasp - slippery bugger. There is a definite orange zest and spice. We are excited…

    Jade Helm/ Tasting Pour- 2 readers -
  • Fondue Is Where It’s At!

    …, and Hazelnuts were in order. I mean… how could I not after a description like that? Lets just say, it was the absolute best decision! These sweetbreads are crispy, tender, and delectable when paired with the Robinot, L’Ange Vin, Fêtembulles, Jasnière, Loire, France, 2010. This Sparkling Chenin Blanc is crisp, beautiful, and so pair-able with anything pan…

    Sara Lehman/ Somm In The City - 2 readers -
  • Top 15 under-$25 wines of 2014

    … and Santorini in Greece, Montilla Moriles from Spain and Alsace, France. These 15 wines are (almost all) culled from VINTAGES releases. I tasted countless other terrific under-$25 examples in 2014; local, parochial, from beyond Ontario’s borders and abroad. For the purposes of what the Ontario consumer needs to know and for what serves them best…

    Michael Godel/ Godelloin Riesling Chardonnay- 3 readers -
  • The greatest dessert wine?

    … When it comes to dessert wine, most people automatically think of Port, Sauternes, or maybe even Tokaji, but there was another wine that made its’ mark, and is little known: Constantia Wyn (wine). “From these Elysian fields used to come one of the very greatest wines in the world – the legendary Constantia,” wrote Hugh Johnson, “Constantia…

    The Sommelier Update- 3 readers -
  • Clubbin’ It

    … areas of the new world like Argentina, California and Australia, or old world regions like Tuscany, every once in a while a real stunner comes through such as the Eastern Europe theme from May 2014, which featured an wildly interesting selection from Georgia, Croatia and Slovenia that should have surprised and excited all but the most jaded drinkers…

    Mike Madaio/ Pennsylvania Vine Company- 6 readers -
  • Le Grand Courtâge Sparkling Wines

    … most people think. Prices below are for the standard 750mL format, though the little 187mL bottles will run you about $7 a pop at retail. NV Le Grand Courtâge Blanc de Blancs Brut France Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Colombard, Ugni Blanc $25, 11.5% abv. The white sparkler opens up with aromas and flavors of green apples with a little toast. Firm…

    Ben Carter/ Benito's Wine Reviews- 6 readers -
  • Le Mont, Sec, Domaine Huet, Vouvray AC, France, 2010, 13.5% abv

    … think I’d know this wine anywhere. On the palate, the wine is lightly off dry (despite the sec/dry label) with sharp acidity. The alcohol is medium but subtle and the strong flavours show more ripe fall apple and yellow pear, quince, fig, honey, straw and a little green hay with intense minerality. The finish is long and lingering on this deeply…

    winellama- 7 readers -
  • How can a wine be DRY??

    … residual sugar levels. Riesling’s home is Germany and Alsace but there are many fine examples in BC; Gehringer Brothers (they make 5 different Rieslings at various sugar levels), Tantalus, 8th Generation, and Wild Goose all spring to mind. Chenin Blanc is rarer here but it be made brilliantly at all sugar levels in the Loire Valley and in South Africa…

    Wine Country BC- 3 readers -
  • The MoneyWeek Christmas Wine Collection – the crème de la crème

    … hidden gems. Don’t expect a big, lush oaky wine because this is a lithe, nubile nymph. This style of white is the reason why Burgundy still features so prominently in my cellar. Long live the Rollins and their Corton-Charlemagne-shaped, yet eminently affordable wines! 2011 Penfolds, Bin 389, Cabernet Sauvignon / Shiraz, South Australia (£50.00…

    Matthew Jukesin Sauvignon Blanc- 4 readers -
  • Wine of the Week: Cremant de Limoux from Domaine Collin

    December 11, 2014 · 1:56 am My wine of the week this time around is a Cremant de Limoux, another sparkler that I think is worthy of note. I tried this brut version at a restaurant in Philadelphia, Petruce, a great place for a eclectic and funky wines The wine hails from the Domaine du Collin. Cremant de Limoux can be made from a combination of Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Mauzac and Pinot Noir.

    avvinare- 3 readers -
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