Chenin Blanc is a white wine produced from the white grape of the same name growing in Anjou, France which can be traced back to the ninth century.
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.