Chenin Blanc

Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc Viognier 2020

The Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc Viognier 2020 is 80% Chenin Blanc and 20% Viognier. The Chenin Blanc is sourced from ten plots in contracted growers in the Clarksburg AVA; the Viognier uses vineyards in the Lodi AVA. Both Clarksburg and Lodi are situated inside the greater Central Valley AVA. The bulk of California wines come…

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Painted Wolf The Den Chenin Blanc 2019

The Painted Wolf The Den Chenin Blanc 2019 is part of The Den line of wines from the family-owned Painted Wolf Winery of Swartland, South Africa. The Den is their line of every day easy to drink wines. The name Painted Wolf is a reference to the endangered indigenous wild dogs that once roamed freely….

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Gerard Bertrand Crémant de Limoux Thomas Jefferson Rosé 2017

The Gerard Bertrand Crémant de Limoux Thomas Jefferson Rosé 2017 is a blend of 65% Chardonnay, 20% Chenin Blanc, and 15% Pinot Noir sourced from the Cremant de Limoux AOC section of the Languedoc in southeast France. Limoux is the birthplace of Bubbly/Sparkling wine the monks from the local Abby started making wine with bubbles…

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Ken Forrester Petit Chenin Blanc 2019

The Story The Ken Forrester Petit Chenin Blanc 2019 is a young wine sourced from vineyards in the Stellenbosch region of South Africa. Ken Forrester is one of the leading wineries in South Africa, their farm dates back to 1689 with grapevines first planted in 1694. Ken Forrester bought the rundown derelict estate in 1993 and…

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Saint-Hilaire Brut 2017

The Story The Saint-Hilaire Brut 2017 is a blend of 90% Mauzac, 5% Chardonnay, and 5% Chenin Blanc sourced from grapes farmed in the Limoux area of the Languedoc in Southwest France. The Sparkling wine of Limoux is 100 years older than the Bubbly of Champagne. Saint-Hilaire is the Abbey were history first records monks producing…

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The Delicious Monster White Blend 2019

The Story The Delicious Monster White Blend 2019 is a $5.99 Trader Joe’s import wine, a blend of 60% Chenin Blanc, 20% Muscat, and 20% Chardonnay from McGregor Winery vineyards in South Africa. McGregor Winery is a co-op of 33 farmers who have banded together to produce wines in the foothills of the mountains in…

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La Croix de Maunay Vouvray 2016

The La Croix de Maunay Vouvray 2016 is a $7.99 Trader Joe’s import exclusive. Vouvray (inside the Loire Valley growing area) is located south and west of Paris and the vineyards are situated along the Loire River and boundaries are defined by 8 villages, Vouvray being the most important. The grape they grow in Vouvray is…

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Mbali Chenin Blanc Viognier 2016

The Mbali Chenin Blanc Viognier 2016 is a $4.99 Trader Joe’s import exclusive, 79% Chenin Blanc and 21% Viognier sourced from the Western Cape growing district of South Africa. Mbali is the Zulu word for flower. The flower on the label is a Protea, the national flower of South Africa. The Western Cape is by far the…

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Indaba Chenin Blanc 2015

The Indaba Chenin Blanc 2015 is sourced from several vineyards in the Swartland, Paarl and Stellenbosch growing regions in the Western Cape area of South Africa. Chenin Blanc is the most planted grape in South Africa and has become “the wine of South Africa.” Originally, Chenin Blanc was a well known grape from the Loire Valley in…

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Pascal Janvier Jasnieres 2013

The Pascal Janvier Jasnieres 2013 is 100% Chenin Blanc (known locally as Pineau de la Loire) sourced from Pascal Janvier estate vineyards in the Jasnières AOC located in the northern section of the Loire Valley in France. Chenin Blanc is the only grape grown in Jasnières AOC. It had been a premier growing area for…

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2010 Francois Pinon “Les Trois Argiles” Vouvray

 The 2010 Francois Pinon “Les Trois Argiles” Vouvray is a freaky good 100% Chenin Blanc from the Loire Valley’s François Pinon, who sourced the grapes from three different clay-soiled areas of his vineyards. A sniff of the 2010 Les Trois Argiles (French for “the three clays”) gives up sweet spice and bushels of juicy citrus and pear….

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L’Ecole No.41 Columbia Valley Chenin Blanc 2012

The 2012 L’Ecole No. 41 Columbia Valley Chenin Blanc is sourced from four 30 year old + vineyards in the Yakima Valley AVA inside the larger Columbia Valley AVA in Washington State. L’Ecole No.41 was founded in 1983 and is the 3rd oldest winery in the Walla Walla AVA, though this bottling is from their more…

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Domaine Pichot 2010 Vouvray Le Peu de la Moriette

​Most people avoid French Wines because they are…confusing and so, well, French. ​They don’t label things what they are, and you’re just supposed to know what’s in the bottle because they’ve been growing it there, that way, in that style for forever and that’s that. So, I’m sure you’re wondering, what ​the heck​ is Vouvray?…

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Barton & Guestier Vouvray 2010

The 2010 Barton & Guestier Vouvray is sourced from contracted vineyards in the Vouvray AOC near the village of Tours inside the Loire Valley. The only grape grown in the Vouvray AOC is Chenin Blanc. The nature of Chenin Blanc changes with variations in the growing conditions, in cool growing seasons mostly dry Chenin Blanc’s…

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Korbel Brut Sparkling Wine

The Korbel California Champagne (Korbel has been in business since 1883 and are grandfathered in to legally use the term Champagne on the bottle) Brut (not sweet) nonvintage Bubbly produced from a blend of Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, French Columbard and Pinot Noir grown in several California grape growing AVA’s. This Bubbly is made in with…

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Husch Vineyards Mendocino Chenin Blanc 2011

The  Husch Vineyards Chenin Blanc 2011 is sourced from sustainably farmed Husch managed vineyards in the Mendocino AVA of Northern California. Husch Vineyards was founded (they were also the very first winery in the valley) in the Anderson Valley sub AVA of Mendocino in 1971 and was purchased by the Oswald Family in 1979. Husch has practiced sustainable farming…

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The Heavyweight Chardonnay 2009

The  Heavyweight Chardonnay  2009 is 85% Chardonnay, 10% Chenin Blanc and 5% Marsanne sourced from vineyards in more than one California grape growing AVA. The Heavyweight is produced by ADS Wines which is owned by Scotto Family Wines a 5th generation winemaker located in the Lodi AVA. They do not provide a wealth of technical…

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Frey Vineyards Natural White Organic Table Wine

The Frey Vineyards Natural White Organic Table whine is a non-vintage blend of Chenin Blanc (grown in certified organic vineyards in Butte County, which is near the Sierra Foothills and is included in the Central Coast AVA) and Chardonnay (sourced from certified organic vineyards in the Mendocino AVA, Frey Vineyards is located in Mendocino). Frey…

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2009 Zamarro Chenin Blanc/Torrontes

The 2009 Zamarro (90%) Chenin Blanc and (10%) Torrontes is sourced from the Mendoza region of Argentina. Zamarro is a brand name, not a winery, this a brand created to be sold at Safeway (and other) grocery stores, I found it selling for $3.99 on sale at Jewel’s (Chicago’s Safeway Store). This is a wine that…

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2010 Gerard Bertrand Cremant de Limoux Brut

The Gerard Bertrand Cremant de Limoux is a French Sparkling wine consisting of 70% Chardonnay, 20% Chenin Blanc and 10% Mauzac (Mauzac is the local white grape that goes into all Limoux Bubbly) sourced from vineyards located in the Limoux AOC of the Languedoc in southern France. Limoux is where Sparkling wine was first produced…

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The Furst 2009 Riesling

Riesling is one of those grapes that can’t seem to shake its reputation. Most people assume it’s an almost syrupy sweet white wine best paired with good conversation, severely spicy dishes, and nothing else. The Furst’s 2009 Riesling seeks to change all of that. Furst is about $12.99 a bottle and from the Alsace region…

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2007 Saint-Hilaire Grande Cuvee Brut

The 2007 Saint-Hilaire Grand Cuvee is a Sparkling wine estate grown and bottled in the Blanquette de Limoux AOC located in the Languedoc in southwest France. In 1531, Sparkling wine/Champagne was first produced by the monks at the Abbey Saint-Hilaire, Dom Perignon wasn’t born until 1638, so Champagne was not invented in Champagne. The Sparkling…

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2010 Dry Creek Chenin Blanc

The 2010 Dry Creek Chenin Blanc is 100% Chenin Blanc sourced from the Clarksburg AVA located near the San Francisco Bay and the Sacramento River Delta, in California. The majority of the grapes grown in Clarksburg are sold to wineries outside of Clarksburg, there are a handful of wineries working in the Clarksburg AVA, with…

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2010 Goats in Villages Chenin Blanc/Viognier

The 2010 Goats in Villages Chenin Blanc/Viognier is sourced from vineyards in the Paarl wine district northwest of Cape Town in South Africa.  This seems to be a special bottling made for Trader Joe’s ($7.99) by the Goats do Roam Wine Company. There is no mention of this wine on their website or the importers…

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2010 Big House White

The 2010 Big House White is a “kitchen sink” blend, 22.7% Malvasia Blanc, 15.9% Gruner Veltliner, 15.7% Sauvignon Blanc, 9.2% Gewurztraminer, 7.9% Riesling, 7.3% Chenin Blanc, 6.1% Muscat Canelli, 5.2% Viognier, 4.5% Verdelho, 4.4% Albarino and 1.1% Pinot Gris.(I hope all that adds up to 100%) The winemaker, Georgetta Dane, says she blends wine as…

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