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Wine 101: Chenin Blanc

Chenin Blanc is the star of France’s Loire region, where it’s used for complex Vouvrays and Savennières.

Chenin has also proved to be at home in parts of California (particularly the little-known Clarksburg region), in Washington State and in South Africa, which produces some of the best-value white wines around—tart, medium-bodied whites with flavors of apple and peach. The more affordable South African, Californian and Washington versions are good with light fish or simple poultry dishes.

Fruity, Soft Chenin Blanc

Chicken Curry with Potatoes and Squash

Top Bottles

  • Hogue (Washington State)
  • Vinum Cellars CNW (California)
  • Pecan Stream (South Africa)

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Complex, Aromatic Chenin Blanc

Herb-Roasted Pheasants with Endives and Horseradish Puree

Top Bottles

  • Domaine des Baumard Savennières (France)
  • Domaine Huet Le Haut-Lieu Sec Vouvray (France)

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