Chenin Blanc Tasting

Free on Fridays Wine Tasting - Chenin Blanc Three Ways

Free on Fridays Wine Tasting this Friday, March 11th from 4:00 to 7:00 featuring a trio of Chenin Blanc based wines, including our new Wine of the Weeks!!! Team Table Wine loves Chenin Blanc in all of its styles! From incredible sparkling and dry wines to off-dry and dessert wines, it is an incredibly versatile grape that is a favorite of wine lovers all over the world. Some of the best versions come from France’s Loire River Valley (Vouvray, Savenierres), but the Chenins coming out of South Africa today are seriously rising the ranks. Join us as we pour you three distinctly different styles of Chenin Blanc this Friday — the first is completely dry, light and bright, the second is dry, but rich and fuller textured, and the third is what the French term “Sec Tendre,” or dry but tender with just a kiss of residual sweetness. Stop by, taste, learn and save up to 20% off on all of the featured tasting wines.

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All of the featured tasting wines are on sale the day of the tasting: take 10% off if you mix any 3, 15% off if you mix any 6, or 20% off if you mix any 12.

The Wines

1. 2015 Indaba Chenin Blanc (Western Cape, South Africa) – South Africa does Chenin Blanc extremely well and the version from Indaba is always one of the country’s best values. Fermented entirely in stainless steel, it is fresh, dry and packed with lovely aromas and flavors of yellow apple and white ginger carried by a hint of green almond through the bright finish. 87 points Wine Spectator

2. 2015 A.A. Badenhorst Chenin Blanc “Secteurs” (Swartland, South Africa) – This is our newest Wine of the Weeks and it is an absolutely mesmerizing version of Chenin Blanc from Adi Badenhorst, one of the country’s masters of the varietal. From older vines, the wine is fermented in a combination of concrete tanks and neutral oak, and it is aged on its fine lees. The resulting wine is rich in golden fruit, silky in texture, and more complex in flavor.

3. 2014 Domaine les Aubuisieres Vouvray “Cuvée de Silex” (Loire Valley, France) – Bernard Fouquet of Domaine les Aubuisieres runs one of the top estates in Vouvray. His “Cuvée Silex” is what the French term Sec Tendre, or “dry but tender,” with just a touch of residual sugar balanced by the high natural acidity of Chenin. Medium bodied and boasting lovely aromas and flavors of mandarin orange, citrus oils, honeysuckle and mineral, this is a brilliant example of first rate Vouvray.