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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A variety of grape originating in the Loire Valley.
  • n. A white wine made from this grape.

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  • n. made in California and the Loire valley in France
  • n. white grape grown especially in California and the lower Loire valley of France


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  • American wine drinkers are unlikely to warm to a wine called Steen, but the name Chenin Blanc carries its own baggage because of all the cheap, sweet, charmless, generic American white wines called Chenin Blanc over the years.

    Out of South Africa

  • Our clear favorite Indian winery turned out to be Sula, especially the Chenin Blanc, which is fresh, alive, varietal and a fine accompaniment to Indian food.

    Seeking Subcontinental Sips

  • Mr. Caruso said he imports five Sula wines and that the Chenin Blanc is the biggest seller.

    Seeking Subcontinental Sips

  • Chenin Blanc is a noble grape, but so thoroughly discredited by cheap, watery, jug wine called Chenin Blanc that few wineries risk making it anymore.

    Memories of the wines

  • The first is the only white wine which the estate makes, a Chenin Blanc which is priced at only $15 and has been consistently rated at 90 points by major wine critics.


  • Champagne and sparkling wine, aromatic whites, such as Riesling, Gewurtztraminer, and Chenin Blanc; and reds with soft tannins, such as Gamay and Barbera seem to interact with the complex flavors incredibly well.

    Brad Haskel: Hong Kong's Michelin-Starred Chefs Make Their US Debut at the Aspen Food & Wine Classic

  • One can also add Barolo (made from the Nebbiolo grape variety) in Italy, top-end white Burgundy (Chardonnay), Riesling and Loire wines (made from the Chenin Blanc grape variety).

    The Key to Aging Gracefully

  • It doesn't take a lifetime of study to know that they comprise the red and white grape varieties of Bordeaux (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillion), ditto Burgundy (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay), red Rhône (Syrah or Shiraz), white Alsace (Gewürztraminer and Muscat), Chenin Blanc from the Loire and, of course, Riesling in Germany.

    The Hunt for Nebbiolo

  • We were each served two different wines: two French reds for Chef Ducasse (the 2007 Domaine de L'Aurage Côtes de Castillon and the 2009 Gouleyant Malbec from Cahors) and a California Chardonnay (2008 Robin K from the Russian River) and a Chenin Blanc from the Loire (2009 Château de la Roulerie Anjou) for me.

    Alain Ducasse

  • Much of the early post-apartheid success was made on the back of commercial bottlings of varieties such as Chenin Blanc and Pinotage.

    The Grape of Good Hope


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