chenin blanc


che·​nin blanc ˈshe-nən-ˈbläŋk How to pronounce chenin blanc (audio)
often capitalized C&B
: any of various white wines ranging from dry to sweet made from a grape originally grown in the Loire valley

Examples of chenin blanc in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Also included are a bottle of sauvignon blanc from Chile and a bottle of chenin blanc from South Africa. Rachel Trujillo, Peoplemag, 6 Nov. 2023 Wines, which include tempranillo, chenin blanc and merlot, are well-made and prized. Teresa Gubbins, Dallas News, 13 Aug. 2023 In general, expect lush, full-bodied whites from Rhône varieties such as viognier and roussanne, with some good sauvignon blanc and chenin blanc as well. Dave McIntyre, Washington Post, 26 Oct. 2023 And now users can’t get enough of this modern high-low combo, pairing sour cream and onion chips with chenin blanc, grenache with BBQ chips, and Lays with champagne. Krista Simmons, Sunset Magazine, 26 Sep. 2023 Over 75 different types of grapes are grown here, including cabernet sauvignon, zinfandel, tempranillo, grenache, viognier, chenin blanc, sauvignon blanc, muscat canelli and chardonnay. Teresa Gubbins, Dallas News, 13 Aug. 2023 Their chenin blanc hails from Clarksburg, in the delta region west of Sacramento. Dave McIntyre, Washington Post, 22 Dec. 2022 The brand is consistently a great value with chenin blanc as well as this red Rhône-style blend of syrah, cinsault, grenache and mourvèdre. Dave McIntyre, Washington Post, 22 Dec. 2022 Last year in its three-acre research block, Larkmead planted one white variety (chenin blanc) and eight reds, including tempranillo, touriga nacional, and syrah—varieties that have historically done well in other hot viticulture areas like Italy, Spain, and Australia. Monica Prelle, Outside Online, 17 Jan. 2022

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Word History


French, literally, white Chenin (a grape variety)

First Known Use

1913, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chenin blanc was in 1913

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“Chenin blanc.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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