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Pinot Blanc (France)

Pinot Bianco (Italy) / Weissburgunder (Germany)

Pinot Blanc is produced under different names and styles in various countries.

Typical Flavors


Lemon Zest
Lemon Zest
Apple
Apple
Peach
Peach
Melon
Melon

Gravels
Gravels
Almonds
Almonds
Spices
Spices
Oak
Oak

Pinot Blanc can show a range of flavors from Lemon Zest to Apple, Peach, and Melon, along with Gravels, nutty Almonds, and Spices depending on Oak treatment.

Profile

French Pinot Blanc is known to be a full body wine with good acidity:

SUGARDry
BODYMedium - High
FRUITMedium
ACIDITYMedium - High
Serving temperature:
10-12°C (50-54°F)

Food Pairing


Aperitif
Aperitif
Salads
Salads
Vegetables
Vegetables
Pasta
Pasta

Fish
Fish
Chicken
Chicken
Turkey
Turkey
Pork
Pork

Pairing Suggestions

Excellent Pairing:
Aperitif.
Salads. Vegetable Dishes.
Light Pasta Dishes.
Seafood. Fish Soup.
Grilled Scallops.
Egg Dishes. Omlet.
White Meat. Turkey.
Pork Tenderloin.

Cheese:
Soft Cheeses.

French Specialities:
Escargots.
Omelette.
Quiche Lorraine.

If You Like Pinot Blanc

You May Also Like:

Cassis (France)
Catarratto (Italy)
Chardonnay (France)
Garnacha Blanca (Spain)
Grenache Blanche (France)
Marsanne (France)
Pinot Blanc (France)
Rioja White Oaked (Spain)
Roussanne (France)
Sémillon (France)
Trajadura (Portugal)
Treixadura (Spain)
Viognier (France)

The Ideal Glass

A Tulip Shaped glass is the best choice for dry white wines.

It guides the wine to the center of your mouth, avoiding the sides, where acidity is less pleasant.

A smaller bowl also helps to serve smaller quantities, and keep the wine cold.

Remember to hold the glass by the stem!

About Pinot Blanc

Pinot Blanc is produced under different names, and with different styles, in various European wine regions.

The grape can be used to produce full bodied wines, light and crisp wines, sparkling wines, and dessert wines.

France (Alsace)

Pinot Blanc from Alsace, is known to be much like Chardonnay as a full body wine with good acidity.

Alsacian Pinot Blanc can show a range of flavors from apple to peach, along with nutty almond and spices depending on oak treatment.

Popular food pairings in Alsace are Omelet and Quiche.

Italy (Alto Adige)

Italian Pinot Bianco is crisper, lighter and dryer than French Pinot Blanc.

Typical flavors are: Citrus. Apple. Pear. Floral Hints.

In Italy Pinot Bianco is often blended with other grapes and used in the production of sparkling wines.

Typical food pairings in Italy are Fish and Antipasti.

Germany and Austria

German Weissburgunder (White Burgundy) is usually light and crisp, much like the Italian variety.

In Austria Weissburgunder is used to make the luxurious and sweet Trockenbeerenauslese.

Alsace Wine Region

Alsace is dominated by white wine. 90% of all Alsace wine is white.

Wines from the Alsace region in France (in French: Vin d'Alsace) (German: Weinbau in Elsass) (English: Alsatian Wine) are primarily white wines.

Alsace in France and the Rhine region in Germany are known to produce the best Rieslings in the world, and Alsace is also famous for a especially food friendly Pinot Gris, and a highly aromatic Gewürztraminer.

In Alsace, both dry and sweet white wines are produced.

Riesling d'Alsace

In Alsace, some grapes thrive better than others, and just like in Germany (on the other side of the border), the king is Riesling.

Typical Alsatian Rieslings are dry, aromatic, a little fuller, and with more ripe fruit than the German ones.

Gewürztraminer d'Alsace

Gewürztraminer is a grape many people love. It is also a grape many people hate.

Bad Gewürztraminer can taste like bad perfume, but the good ones have fantastic aromas that no other grapes can copy: Grapefruit, Pineapple, Mango, Apricot, Lychee, Rose Petals, and Spices.

Pinot Gris d'Alsace

Italian Pinot Grigio and Alsatian Pinot Gris is the same grape, but Alsatian wines are more fruity, with more aromas, and more sweetness.

Alsatian Pinot Gris has a balanced intensity that pairs well with many types of food. It matches spicy food (Mexican, Thai), sweet and sour food (Chinese), and fat food(Foie Gras. Pâté), and often it can accompany dishes meant for red wine.

Tokay d'Alsace

According to the history, the grape Pinot Gris travelled from Alsace to Hungary in the 14th century. When it was brought back to Alsace in the 16th century, it was planted in Kientzheim under the name "Tokay" (taken from Hungary’s famous wine Tokaji).

For many centuries, Alsatian wine produced from Pinot Gris was called "Tokay d'Alsace".

However, in the 1990's, it was agreed in Europe to remove the name Tokay from non-Hungarian wine, and slowly, the today so famous Alsacian Pinot Gris was developed.

Silvaner d'Alsace

Silvaner (or Sylvaner) is a grape grown primarily in French Alsace and in the Franken region of Germany.

In Germany it is cultivated with the official name Grüner Silvaner. Italian and Swiss Silvaner tends to be lighter and more crispy than French / German Silvaner.

Pinot Blanc d’Alsace

Pinot Blanc from Alsace, is known to be much like Chardonnay as a full body wine with good acidity.

Alsacian Pinot Blanc can show a range of flavors from apple to peach, along with nutty almond and spices depending on oak treatment.

Popular food pairings in Alsace are Omelet and Quiche.

Crémant d’Alsace

Crémant d 'Alsace is a sparkling wine made by the Champagne method (Méthode Champenoise)). Made from several types of grapes (Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, and Riesling), it can be an interesting alternative to French Champagne.

Alsace AOC

Alsatian wines are produced under three different AOCs:

  • Alsace AOC - White, Rosé, and Red wines
  • Alsace Grand Cru AOC - White wines from classified vineyards
  • Crémant d'Alsace AOC - Sparkling wines

Edelzwicker and Gentil

Edelzwicker and Gentil may be used on an Alsatian wine label.

Edelzwicker means that the wine is a mixture of different grapes.

Gentil means the same, but can only be used for AOC wines where the blend has at least 50% Riesling, Muscat, Pinot Gris or Gewurztraminer, and the rest can be either Sylvaner, Chasselas or Pinot Blanc. Each variety must be vinified separately, and each variety must qualify as an AOC Alsace wine alone.

Vendange Tardive

Vendange Tardive on the label, means that the grapes are harvested late. These wines are sweet like German Ausleese. Only noble root attacked grapes can be used (Riesling, Muscat, Pinot Gris, and Gewurztraminer), and Gewurztraminer and Pinot Gris provide the sweetest varieties.

Sélection de Grains Nobles

Sélection de grains nobles means selected grapes that are attacked by noble rot, like German Beerenauslese.

Route des Vins d'Alsace

In the 1950's the Alsace Wine Route was opened.

Starting as a popular touring rally, it is now the jewel of Alsace.

Route des Vins d'Alsace winds 170 km from the north to the south of Alsace, passing through 70 wine-growing villages, some renowned for being some of the most beautiful villages in the world. like Eguisheim, Kaysersberg, Ribeauvillé, Riquewihr, Andlau, and Obernai.

Route des Vins

The Alsace Wine Route villages organise wine and harvest festivals from April to October, including wine-tastings, folklore, processions, and other entertainment.

2008 Production

GrapeHectar (approx)
Riesling3400
Gewürztraminer2900
Pinot Gris2400
Auxerrois2200
Pinot Noir1500
Sylvaner1400
Pinot Blanc1100
Muscat350
Chardonnay90
Chasselas90
Other70
Total15500

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