Sunday, September 20, 2009


A long, long time ago in a galaxy far away......

Well, maybe not in a galaxy far away, but definitely what seems like a long, long time ago Chenin Blanc wines got a decent amount of shelf space in this area. I even remember a Saturday wine tasting years ago where there five of them. Not so any more as they have virtually disappeared from the wine store shelves, replaced by row after row of bad chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and lately pale, almost tasteless Pinot Grigio.

It was nice to find a simple 2007 Monmousseau Vouvray on the shelf for $13.

Dinner was going to be grilled swordfish with a marinade of olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and red pepper flakes so we put an immediate, light chill on the wine.

Chenin blanc has an almost unmistakable nose, honey or honeysuckle vine and subtle flowers, and this wine was just that - light, floral and sweet. The taste was definitely white peaches and a slightly under ripe honeydew melon. There was a lot of body in this wine and that gave it a feel of sweetness just prior to the Chenin acid kicking in. The acid killed the sweetness and left the mouth refreshed, very similar to the feel of a German Riesling.

The wine was very good with the swordfish and since there was just a little left a couple of ounces replaced the water in a white peach sorbet that we whipped up for dessert.

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