About This Wine
The Chenin Blanc grape is best known in the Loire Valley of France.
There, it’s used to make the coveted wine known as Vouvray. It also is planted in the Central Valley of California, where it’s known for producing wines that are crisp and balanced, and that age well. The Sacramento Delta area is a Chenin Blanc hub.
Why it hasn’t become as popular as Chardonnay is a mystery because Chenin Blanc’s aroma alone can bring a smile to the face. At its best, a mature rendition can have all the complexity and brightness of a wild, flower-covered meadow in the middle of summer.
Known for its aging potential, Chenin Blanc is quite enjoyable in its youth, as the 2009 Olivia’s Choice bottling demonstrates. This is a wine that’s extremely food friendly — particularly tasty with chicken and fish. And because it’s made in an off-dry style, it also pairs beautifully with fruit-accented dishes, such as pork chops with apple sauce.
About Chenin Blanc
Native of Loire valley in France. Grapes have high acidity and need plenty of sun to ripen. The foundations of great long-lived whites, such as Vouvray. In South Africa and California can give soft, fruity wines with notes of melon, peach and citrus.
- Grape Composition:97% Chenin Blanc and 3% Other White Varieties
- Grape Source:Select Vineyards in Various California Growing Regions
- Aromas & Flavors:Rose Petal, Fresh Apple, Citrus and a Hint of Honey
- When to Drink:Now Through 2012
- Food Pairing Suggestionchicken and fish dishes.
Old World Rosemary Chicken With Chardonnay This recipe comes from our friends at Belvedere Vineyards & Winery in the Sonoma County town of Healdsburg. It matches wonderfully with Chardonnay, and we've enjoyed it with Chenin Blanc as well. Use it as the main entree for a special meal, or any meal. Get The Recipe