Thirty grapes in thirty days: Pinot Blanc

All these different Pinot. Pinot Grigio, Pinot Gris, Pinotage and now Pinot Blanc. Is there really a difference?

Genetically speaking, no. However their palate and wines which they are used to make can vary dramatically considering they all originate from the same family. Pinot Blanc is a colour mutation of Pinot Noir. From my previous blogs you will know that Pinot Blanc, like Pinot Grigio, is actually a white wine made with red grapes.

Pinot Blanc, most notably produced in Alsace, France is a used to make both still dry white wines and sparkling. If you compare a Pinot Blanc to a Pinot Grigio you will notice that the Pinot Blanc wines, particularly those which are grown in Alsace, are more full bodied. There is a strong belief in Alsace that varietals should express their delicate characteristics and dryer style of wine. The Turckheim Tradition Pinot Blanc does just that. This wine is dry and fleshy with a well balanced acidity. The palate has hints of creamy citrus with a generous minerality finish.

We would recommend elegant food for this elegant wine. Onion tarts and quiches pair well as do seafood risottos and ripe, creamy pastas.


by Rebekah Hilton

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