“Getting to Know Our Wines” Series – California Trio Blanca

“Getting to Know Our Wines” Series – California Trio Blanca

Visit Us on the Web – Click Here Our “Getting to Know Our Wines” series continues today with a perfect blend! Remember, this week’s featured wine is available at our winery in Greenwood Village, today ONLY, for a 10% discount. Today’s Featured Wine is: Limited Edition - California Trio Blanca This Limited Edition wine is a unique blend of three grapes: Pinot Blanc, Chenin Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc. Sauvignon Blanc originated in the Bordeaux region of France and produces a crisp, dry, and refreshing white wine. This varietal is usually consumed young, as it does not particularly benefit from aging. It is known that in the 18th century, Sauvignon Blanc paired with Cabernet Franc to parent the Cabernet Sauvignon vine in Bordeaux. In the Trio Blanca, the Sauvignon Blanc, contributes the zesty acidity and aromas of gooseberry and herbs Chenin Blanc is a white wine grape that originated in France. It is often theorized that Chenin Blanc originated in the Anjou wine region sometime in the 9th century and from there traveled to Touraine by around the 15th century. Chenin Blanc probably developed as a mutant of a vine called Pineau d'Aunis (Chenin Noir). Some recent studies indicate Chenin Blanc may be a parent of Sauvignon Blanc. Outside of France, this grape is found in most of the New World wine regions and is the most widely planted variety in South Africa. It is believed that Chenin Blanc migrated in 1652 from France to South African with the Dutch East India Company, but tracing its early history in South Africa is not easy. Chenin Blanc is considered one of the world's most versatile grapes. The varietal produces wines of various sweetness, from dry up to and including dessert wines. Chenin Blanc also produces beautiful sparkling wines. In the Trio Blanca, the Chenin Blanc gives off a wonderful melony-honeyed aroma with hints of apple. It is well known that Pinot Noir, the red varietal, is extremely genetically unstable. From that instability comes the Pinot Blanc. When there is a pinot mutation in the genetics of the Pinot Noir it results in a vine that bears all black fruit except for one cane which produces white fruit. When Pinot Noir vines were discovered to have these single canes of white fruit, the winemakers in the Burgundy and Champagne regions of France began producing wine with the grapes. It is important to note that very small amounts of Pinot Blanc are cultivated in either region in France. In the U.S., Pinot Blanc is primarily cultivated in California; however, many of the vines believed to be Pinot Blanc are actually a different variety: Melon de Bourgogne/Muscadet. This error in varietals was discovered in the mid-1980’s and has since been corrected. Another commonly confused varietal is Chardonnay. Many wineries vinify Pinot Blanc and Chardonnay in a similar way, causing confusion among consumers. In the Trio Blanca, the Pinot Blanc contributes the delicate floral character and full body of the wine. This wine pairs nicely with salads, oysters, scallops, salmon, grilled lobster asparagus, spicy food, herbed roast chicken and crab. Share this Post on Facebook by Clicking Below:http://www.facebook.com/share.php?u=http://makingwineindenver.wordpress.com/2011/03/29/personalize-wine-getting-to-know-our-wines-California-trio-blanca“

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