A wine lovers guide to understanding Chenin Blanc

The word Chenin Blanc, (“shen-nin blonk”) seems to naturally roll off the tongue. It’s hard not to love a French wine that has such a versatile style, and sweetness.

Tis the time to be merry and grab a refreshing glass of white wine that can be shared among friends. Group Sommelier at Tsogo Sun, Miguel Chan says that there is a Chenin Blanc wine for every occasion.

Chan says that this acidic wine is used in the production of Brandy, fortified Sherry and Sparkling wine.

It’s the most planted variety in South Africa.

Miguel Chan, Group Sommelier at Tsogo Sun Miguel Chan

Chan adds that the grapes of the Chenin Blanc are grown along a river in France. He adds that the wine has the ability to adapt to a wide variety of tastes, making it a great companion for most courses.

It’s always important to have a style or a wine that goes according to the season. It wouldn’t work in winter,it’s way too cold.

Miguel Chan, Group Sommelier at Tsogo Sun Miguel Chan

Chenin Blanc Food Pairings

Meat Pairings: Veal, Trout, Chicken, Turkey, Pork Chop, Guinea Foul, Halibut, Smoked Salmon, Terrine or Pâte.

Spices and Herbs: Cinnamon, Dill, Tarragon, Turmeric, Ginger, Fenugreek, Fennel, Clove, Marjoram, Allspice, Red Pepper Flakes, Cilantro, Cumin, Coriander, Fennel, Macadamia Nut, Peanut, Cashew or Sesame Seed

Vegetables: Squash, Jicama, Guava, Shallot, Chives, Savoy Cabbage, Yam, Carrot, Cauliflower, Oyster Mushroom, Corn, Red Bell Pepper, Apple, Quince or Pear

Cheese Pairings: Soft to semi-firm cow’s milk cheeses, such as triple-cream brie, gruyere, cream cheese, yoghurt, cheddar or herb-crusted goat cheeses.

Listen to some Chenin Blanc flavour profiles in the audio below...


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