Pinot Blanc

Pinot Blanc may not receive the same respect given to noble varieties like Chardonnay and Riesling, or even other Alsatian whites like Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer. But at its best, with grapes from low-yielding vines, Pinot Blanc can produce exciting values: creamy, medium bodied wines, with honey-like aromas and flavors. A relative of both Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc is grown in a number of countries under a variety of names. In Germany, it is Weisseburgunder, while in Italy, it is called Pinot Bianco. Still, the fact that we are most familiar with the grape as Pinot Blanc is a dead tip-off that the best examples of the grape come from France. In France, Pinot Blanc is most notably grown in Alsace, where it is either bottled on its own, used as a major component in the sparkling wine Cremant D'Alsace, or blended with other varieties in the region's traditional wine, Edelzwicker. We don't see much Edelzwicker, since the export market for this wine is virtually non-existent. But we're happy that we can get a decent amount of single-varietal Pinot Blanc from Alsace; the wine is made in some form by almost every Alsatian winery. These can be rich, sometimes tropical, smoky wines that are low in acidity. Look for offerings from Domaine Marcel Deiss and Domaine Schoffit. In the U.S., some California vintners are producing Pinot Blanc with the same techniques used to make expensive Chardonnay, including new oak and malolactic fermentation. We're not convinced that this is the best way to showcase the grape, and lean more towards the wines being made in Oregon. Here, vinification techniques more closely follow the model established in Alsace, with fermentation in stainless steel or older oak leading to wines that are rich and smoky. Pair Pinot Blanc with poultry, seafood, and pork. (wineaccess)

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  1. Trimbach Pinot Blanc

    Trimbach Pinot Blanc

    $21.94

    A wine for pure pleasure ! Maturing .=arly, it is dry, well-balanced, supple and refreshing. Pinot Blanc is ideal for serving as an aperitif, at formal dinners, receptions or light meals.. Learn More
  2. Red Hook Winery Pinot Blanc

    Red Hook Winery Pinot Blanc

    $27.94

    Eric Asimov of The New York Times named Red Hook Winery's Pinot Blanc as an official Thanksgiving Wine for 2016. We agree. Pinot Blanc is a low key, low-acid grape that provides the perfect background for food without getting in the way. Red Hook was started by Brooklyn native Mark Snyder who joined with Abe Schoener (Scholium Project), Christopher Nicolson, and Robert Foley to showcase New York fruit in high-quality, consumer-friendly wines. Based out of Pier 41 in Brooklyn, Red Hook blends and ages more than a dozen red and white grapes. Abe Schoener crafted this 2013 Pinot Blanc using Palmer Vineyard fruit from North Fork, Long Island. Just 231 cases made. Learn More
  3. Kettmeir Pinot Bianco

    Kettmeir Pinot Bianco

    $29.94

    The straw yellow color with faint greenish highlights leads into a floral fragrance of wisteria and a fruity sensation of green apples. The flavour is dry, with good acidity, and delicate mineral overtones. Learn More

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