Wine Finds: Chenin blanc from Australia, South Africa | Food and cooking

Although chenin blanc may be unfamiliar to some U.S. wine drinkers, it was once the most widely planted white wine grape in California. While it lost the spotlight to chardonnay in this country, chenin blanc has remained popular in its native home of France’s Loire Valley as well as South Africa, where it is also called steen, and Australia. Known for its floral aroma, apple and pear flavors, and zesty acidity, it can be produced in a variety of styles ranging from dry to sweet and even sparkling. The following are two very different examples.

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