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Chenin Blanc’s champions revive a workhorse white

[...] when Chardonnay was crowned king in the 1980s, surrounded by a royal court of Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio, Chenin got the hook. “I was always looking for an alternative white, a good variety that could maintain acidity,” said...Show More Summary

Loire adventure: Nicolas and Virginie Joly, Coulée de Serrant, Savennières

La Coulée de Serrant (Chateau de la Roche aux Moines) is a domaine with a narrow focus. It’s just whites. Just Chenin Blanc. Just dry wines. But it is this narrow focus that has contributed to its fame. These are distinctive wines from a distinctive terroir, and they are not without controversy. Some regard this [...]

Neil Ellis Op Sy Moer 2016, a distinctive white bottled with fine lees

Warren Ellis, son of Neil, showed me this wine on a recent trip to South Africa. It’s a blend of Palomino from Piekeneerskloof (450 m, Table Mountain sandstone soils), with a touch of Chenin Blanc and Grenache Blanc. All old vines. The interesting thing about this wine is the lees contact: it’s even bottled with [...]

These bottles of chenin blanc will sell you on the sometimes polarizing grape

It was in front of their eyes the entire time, and finally they realized what they had. The "what" that we're talking about is the chenin blanc grape variety, and the "they" are the winemakers of South Africa. It took a long time, but eventually they put one and one together, and realized that...

Tasting some interesting South African Chenin, with a video

Tasted some nice Chenins lately. It’s such an interesting and adaptable grape variety. Raats Granite Block Chenin Blanc 2015 Coastal Region, South Africa Very fruity mandarin and lime notes with some pear richness. Hints of herbs with a nice bright mineral edge to the fruit. Lovely precision to this bright wine with plenty of flavour but a [...]

I'll Drink to That: Clement Baraut of Domaine Clement Baraut

10 months agoFood & Drink / Wine : Vinography

Episode 394 of I'll Drink to That! was released recently, and it features Clement Baraut of the eponymous Domaine in Anjou, within the Loire Valley of France. A friend once told me that Chenin Blanc is humidity for the soul, and I think I know what she was trying to get at. Show More Summary

10 steps to success, the Bogle way

In 1968, Warren Bogle planted Petite Sirah and Chenin Blanc on his property in Clarksburg as a sort of experiment. Jody’s grandfather, founder Warren Bogle, was a teenager at the time. In 1978, they got a letter from August Sebastiani saying he didn’t need their grapes anymore. Show More Summary

Interesting wines from Bosman Family Vineyards with Corlea Fourie

Corlea Fourie is the winemaker behind Bosman Family Vineyards, based in the Wellington region of South Africa. I caught up with her to taste some interesting new releases, including the fabulous Optenhorst Chenin Blanc, made from vines planted in 1952. Bosman Fides 2013 Wellington, South Africa This is a skin-fermented Grenache Blanc. This particular vintage had 8 [...]

Domaine des Roches Neuves Clos Romans Saumur 2012

I love this wine so much. I had it with Doug Wregg at Terroirs. It’s Chenin Blanc at its best. Thierry Germain Domaine des Roches Neuves Clos Romans Saumur 2012 Loire, France Chenin Blanc on tufa (limestone). Very spicy, smoky and linear with a hint of hay and bright lemony acidity. Such precision here with amazing linear acidity. [...]

Tasting Chenin Blanc – Vouvray vs. South Africa, 2016 Releases

Chenin blanc is not a grape that people ooh and ahh over. Typically it’s the cheap wine on the by-the-glass list that you select only because you don’t drink chardonnay and you just don’t trust that New Zealand sauvignon blanc to… Continue reading ?

A Chenin Blanc seminar at Texsom

Patrick Cappiello and Pascaline Lepeltier presented this Chenin tasting at Texsom. ‘I deeply believe that Chenin is the best white grape in the world,’ says Pascaline, a very highly regarded sommelier. She’s been working in New York for the last eight years, but she grew up in the Loire, and is a keen evangelist for Loire [...]

Video: judging the Standard Bank Top 10 Chenin Blanc competition

Here’s a short film of the judging of the Standard Bank Top 10 Chenin Blanc competition

Tasting the Chenin Blanc Wines of South Africa, 2016 Releases

South Africa is making a name for itself with chenin blanc — or at least it’s trying to, and recently a number of vintners from the region banded together to showcase how chenin blanc was evolving in the country. (More… Continue reading ?

A new ‘icon’ Chenin from South Africa: Dirty Little Secret

This is the much talked about high-end South African Chenin Blanc from one of the grape’s greatest ambassadors. I managed to catch up with Shawn Mathyse, a young winemaker who works with Ken on some of his small lot projects like this, and he told me more about it. It’s a 100% Chenin from a [...]

Best of the Best 2016: Leisure | International White Wines: Domaine Huet 2013 Vouvray Sec Clos du Bourg Loire Valley

Domaine Huet 2013 Vouvray Sec Clos du Bourg Loire Valley Severely allocated due to demand and small production, this Chenin Blanc has an inimitable personality... Ian Cauble

The Pour: Just Beaujolais and Chenin Blanc (and That Could Be Enough)

With its emphasis on two regions, the Freek’s Mill wine list offers a chance to dive deep. But it’s a challenge for those unprepared to take the plunge.

How Chenin Blanc Charmed Wine Experts

Sommeliers love its minerality and acidity If there was a boxing match of sorts for sommeliers, it wouldn’t be hard to get them to trade punches over which white grape is the most elegant, age-worthy, and terroir-expressive: riesling, or chenin blanc. Show More Summary

Review: Van Ryn’s Brandy 10, 12, 15, and 20 Years Old

I say brandy. You say… Stellenbosch, South Africa? The Van Ryn’s brand dates back to 1845, when it was founded in Cape Town. It’s been producing brandy from chenin blanc and colombar (same as colombard) grapes in its current facility since 1905.… Continue reading ?

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