Pinot Blanc
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Pinot Blanc
Pinot Blanc
Always the bridesmaid, never the bride. Poor Pinot Blanc, you always seem to be in the shadow of that noble sister who gets all the glitz and glory, Chardonnay. Her name must ring in your ears constantly; burn even. “Chardonnay! Chardonnay! Chardonnay!” You poor little thing. But your lack of popularity is not a result of your shortcomings; you’ve had some wonderful sparkly moments in Alsace, Italy, and even in California. However, it's true, along-side your step-sister you can, at times, appear a little dull - your shoulders are leaner, your figure subdued and your beauty more subtle. Still, your personality is refreshingly tart, and you know, they do say that beauty is only skin deep.

Appellations Growing Pinot Blanc Grapes

Appellations producing the most Pinot Blanc wines:

Pinot Blanc Grape Details

Pinot Blanc (aka. Pinot Bianco, Weissburgunder, Klevner)

In California, Pinot Blanc is used mainly to produce bubbly bruts. Pinot Blanc’s rather neutral flavor and brisk natural acidity make it a popular choice for sparkling wines, not just in California, but also in France, as in Cremants de Alsace and Cremants de Bourgogne, and for Italy’s Pinot Spumante. No one will claim that this modest white variety is the noblest grape in the vineyard. But a few dedicated experimentalists haven’t given up on this humblest of Pinots. With a delicate balance between the grape’s natural tendencies and California’s ripening potential, they are revealing a very satisfying and more succulent side of Pinot Blanc. A natural mutation of the Pinot Noir grape, this variety is best known in northern European regions like Alsace, most of northern Italy, and in parts of Germany. Its main claim to popularity is its uncomplicated, mildly-flavored wines, which can often be refreshingly tart from cool growing regions.

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Blue Book Taste Profiles for Pinot Blanc from the following Appellations:

Best-of-Appellation Wine List

See the Pinot Blanc wines that have been advanced to Best-of-Appellation™ standing for their respective regions.

Featured Pinot Blanc

Alma Rosa Winery and Vineyards 2006 Pinot Blanc, La Encantada Vineyard (Sta. Rita Hills)

buy wine $30.00
Alma Rosa Winery and Vineyards 2005 Pinot Blanc (Sta. Rita Hills)
A firm, almost stony wine offset by a simultaneous creamy quality; aromas and flavors of exotic melon, citrus, and Asian pear
buy wine $18.00

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