Chenin Blanc is a grape variety producing fruity, lightly sweet
or sometimes dry wines. This varietal is used for France’sLoire
Valley whites (Pineau de la Loire), notably Vouvray, while
in California (still and sparkling), the Northwest (Eastern
Washington, Idaho and Oregon) and Texas it is used mostly for
blending. Origins of Chenin Blanc have been traced back to ninth-century
Anjou, but it was actually named after the Mont Chenin in Tourraine.
In South Africa it is also known as Steen. A high-yielding grape
with good acidity, it helps in the aging of wine. Whether you
prefer sweet or more on the dry side, it makes for a good sipping
wine. Pair it with salads and cheese.