Chenin blanc may be truly at home in the Loire Valley, its home in France, but it can obviously work in a number of other – and sometimes unexpected – locations. Think of Paumanok Vineyards’ Long Island chenin blanc, or other examples in places like the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia, or some rare spots in California. The Columbia Valley seems to be a lovely place for it as well, judging from this great value wine drawn from three old vineyards planted in the late 1970s. For $14, you get the classic chenin blanc trick of texture and elegance and beautiful acidity, with a great aromatic presence. This wine has depth and lift, some lovely stonefruit notes, good length, and it goes beautifully with a summertime seafood feast. Highly recommended. RC


WHO: L’École no 41
WHAT: Chenin Blanc
WHERE: Columbia Valley, Washington
WHEN: 2011
HOW MUCH: $14

 

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Remy Charest

Rémy Charest is a Quebec City based journalist, writer, and translator. He has been writing about wine and food for over 12 years in various magazines and newspapers. He writes two wine blogs (The Wine Case, in English, and À chacun sa bouteille, in French) and, as if he didn’t have enough things to do, he also started a food blog in English, The Food Case, and one in French, À chacun sa fourchette.