chenin blanc

noun, often capitalized C&B
che·​nin blanc | \ ˈshe-nən-ˈbläŋk , shə-naⁿ-ˈbläⁿ\

Definition of chenin blanc

: any of various white wines ranging from dry to sweet made from a grape originally grown in the Loire valley

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But wines in Swartland are identity driven: Reds will always be shiraz-driven, a very round style, where whites will always be chenin blanc-driven. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "South Africa's Top Sommelier on Where to Find the Best Wine," 12 Oct. 2018 The wines include an unusually light and creamy chenin blanc, a slightly effervescent vinho verde-style blanc du bois and verdelho blend and a classically Old World-style tempranillo with just a hint of vanilla. Emily Spicer, San Antonio Express-News, "The top 10 Hill Country Wineries," 4 June 2018 Today, the vineyard produces everything from cabernet sauvignon to chenin blanc on the 500-acre site. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why China Should Be Your Next Wine Destination," 11 Sep. 2018 The wines include an unusually light and creamy chenin blanc, a slightly effervescent vinho verde-style blanc du bois and verdelho blend and a classically Old World-style tempranillo with just a hint of vanilla. Emily Spicer, San Antonio Express-News, "The top 10 Hill Country Wineries," 4 June 2018 At Finca La Carrodilla, sit in the rooftop garden and have a glass of the crisp biodynamic chenin blanc (few whites are produced in this red-heavy area). Condé Nast Traveler, "A Perfect Weekend in Baja's Wine Country," 28 Sep. 2018 Among whites, sauvignon blanc was the star, although chenin blanc, known locally as steen, was by far the most widely planted, having arrived in the 17th century with the earliest Cape settlers, who mainly used it to make cheap plonk and brandy. Jay Mcinerney, Town & Country, "Why You Should be Drinking South African Chardonnay," 23 June 2017 The wines include an unusually light and creamy chenin blanc, a slightly effervescent vinho verde-style blanc du bois and verdelho blend and a classically Old World-style tempranillo with just a hint of vanilla. Emily Spicer, San Antonio Express-News, "The top 10 Hill Country Wineries," 4 June 2018 Sancerre is another Loire Valley sauvignon blanc style, but that word is sneakily similar to Sauternes (the sublime, unfortified sweet wine from Bordeaux) and Savennieres (nested in Vouvray and made with chenin blanc). Michael Austin, chicagotribune.com, "A lesson on wine terms that will go down easy," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of chenin blanc

1913, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chenin blanc

French, literally, white Chenin (a grape variety)

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