Monday, April 30
White For Spring - Chenin Blanc
Today chenin blanc is grown in many New World wine regions and used most often as a blending grape. Today it is quickly becoming popular as a food friendly white wine.
In Stellenbosch, South Africa the chenin blanc grape is widely grown and it is called Steen. It is used to make a variety of wines from sparkling wine to dessert wine.
The highly acidic grape can be made in a wide variety of styles from very dry; off-dry which is slightly sweet; or very sweet dessert wine.
Chenin Blanc is a fruity wine with aromas of citrus fruits, floral, and a hint of earthiness. The citrus and apple skin flavors cut through the hint of sweetness for a delicious and rich but well balanced wine.
For food pairings this wine can be served with creamy pasta and chicken dishes. The citrus flavors make this wine a good pairing with spring and summer salads with vinaigrette or citrus dressings.
You can serve an off-dry Chenin Blanc as an aperitif while sitting on the porch or patio on a warm afternoon while waiting for the grill to heat up.
Ask your local wine shop to recommend a Chenin Blanc that will be perfect for your personal tastes.