Tune In On Unsung Chenin Blanc
Accord France’s most underrated white wine its proper due and a breezy tasting of its inimitable styles on the day the rest of the world’s doing the same. Happy International Chenin Blanc Day.
Being born into an illustrious family is boon and bane in near equal measure as there’s so many brilliant peers to compete with, someone is always left behind. That’s the somewhat accurate personification of the Chenin Blanc grape, a Loire Valley original from central France that doesn’t sit in the spotlight nearly as much as white counterparts Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling. Not just in France but the world over too, Chenin Blanc wasn’t as widely planted — South Africa championed the white grape and rechristened it, Steen. And then there’s India where Chenin Blanc found itself at the centre of the country’s vinous beginnings and became its most widely planted white grape and rite of passage for anyone breaking into Indian wine. So, this International Chenin Blanc Day, let’s uncork four of Wine Park’s choicest styles of the delicious white ferment. A good day to know and love Chenin, then.