Happy Wine Wednesday to everyone! Today’s varietal comes from the Loire Valley in France where it is characterized by many conflicting styles: sweet and rich, tart and sour or crisp and fresh. What shall we find in Paumanok‘s Chenin Blanc today…?
The beauty of the Chenin Blanc grape is that it can produce so many types of wine: sparkling, dessert, light, dry or sweet. Primarily known from the Loire Valley, it is also grown in proliferation in South Africa and California. But this is the only Chenin Blanc on Long Island. As suspected, Argentina and Chile, Australia and New Zealand as well as other countries have small production too. Due to its versatility it is often used in blending.
Paumanok began on the North Fork of Long Island in 1983, making it one of the more established wineries in the area. Using only estate-grown grapes, they produce less than 9000 cases per season. Their 2012 Chenin Blanc is a surprisingly close version to the French. Clean lemon, grapefruit and minerals will draw you in to this pale yellow colored white wine. Slightly dry but textured there are notes of tangy lemon and lime with a bit of a kicky fizz on the finish. Balanced and crisp, this will not disappoint. This is the perfect summer wine.
This would pair perfectly with light local seafood like Pipes Cove oysters and Peconic Bay scallops. Or salads and lighter summer fare. Serve with peaches, strawberries, pineapple and chocolate for a divine finish to your meal. And it is absolutely fabulous on its own – whether sitting on the beach under the umbrella or savoring over a picnic lunch by the lake. Enjoy!