Also known as: Chenin Blanc, Steen, Pineau de la Loire, Pineau de Savenniéres, White Pinot, Pinot Blanco and Gros Pineau d Vouvray.
Characteristics: Chenin Blanc produces varying styles and qualities. Chenin Blanc is the base grape for many superior French wines and is also used to enhance jug wines produced in the United States. Those French wines considered superior include those from Savenniéres, Vouvray and Coteaux du Layon. The French Chenin Blanc is a naturally high acidic grape varietal that produces dry to moderately sweet whites that are typically fruity, crisp, fragrant and spicey.
Ageing: Chenin Blanc ages well, 2 -5 years is typical for average quality versions. Sweeter, higher quality French Chenin Blanc can age for 20 years or more.
Serving temperature: Serve at a temperature of 40º-45º F.
Food pairings: Light rice dishes, salads, seafood, poultry, ham, and spicey foods.