Rendez-vous Chenin Blanc, Clarksburg, California.

Posted on by Kris

Rendez-vous wine


100% Chenin Blanc




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If, like me, you relish the opportunity get outside your “California wine comfort zone,” this is going to be right up your alley! If you’ve ever tasted Chenin Blanc before, prepare for an eye-opening experience with the Rendez-vous. I was prepared for much more sweetness than I was greeted with.

Seriously thirst-quenching and mineral-drive from start to finish, showing pink grapefruit, peach, green apple, white flowers, a hint of pineapple and mango. Not in any way cloying. Crisp, with a good heft of acidity, reminding me very-much of the better Chenin Blancs coming out of the Loire.
This is quintessential summer wine if ever I’ve tasted one!



I think the same thing that happened Riesling has occurred with Chenin Blanc, in that it’s developed a reputation as being inherently sweet. The beauty of this wine is that I think it will share much of the same versatility with food as the drier styles of Riesling.

11.5% alcohol, so spicy Asian, Thai, or Indian food shouldn’t be a problem! I also think it would pair superbly with raw oysters, shellfish/white fish with freshly squeezed lemon/lime juice, pork, seafood pasta with a white sauce, and soft/delicate cheeses.



$17 (or 12 for $15.33) – Available from Rendez-vous


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