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Pairing Food with Chenin Blanc

 
The War Horse Chenin Blanc Chenin Blanc is comparable to Riesling in that it is an extremely food friendly wine.  Also similar to Riesling it comes in bone dry, off dry and very sweet styles.

With a mouth-zingy acidity, and lots of mineral flavours, when made right you have the perfect palate cleansing wine.  Typical flavours of Chenin Blanc are melon, pear, stewed apricots, citrus, nectarine, green apple and marzipan. 

The dry and off dry wines are a great wine to pair with curried dishes, such as a curried chicken salad.  The flavours of this wine take away the curries heat, bringing out the flavours of the dish.  This wine will also calm the fury of a spicy Kung Pao chicken dish.  The acidity in this wine will pair up nicely with tomato sauces and cut through dense cream sauces.  The acidity is also perfect for rich dishes, such as roasted duck in a fruit sauce, or any protein based dish in a white sauce.

California and South Africa are both producing some outstanding Chenin Blanc.  However if you are a purist, you’ll have to look towards the Vouvray region of the Loire Valley in France where the Chenin Blanc is the dominant grape in the white wines they produce.

For a sweeter Chenin Blanc, (such as a Quarts de Chaume or Coteaux du Layon), treat them as you would a desert wine, or a sauternes.  A great pair would be peach cobbler, apricot tart, apple deserts, or foie gras.



Written by: Joel Baxter





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