Wine review: Vinum 2006 Chenin Blanc

Chenin Blanc
Sonoma County, California, USA
Buy at
Whole Foods
This wine is good for...
a wine tasting party
a dinner party
weekend fun
a holiday

Jon says... Well Priced

CNW stands for Chardonnay No Way. It’s refreshing to try a new grape once in a while, especially when it’s well done. This wine is from Clarksburg, near Sacramento, which is way off the “wine-trail”. It’s cool and clean with the right level of acidity, with some backbone due to light oak aging. It hits the spot with most appetizers.

Ted says... Buy

Chenin blanc: riesling meets chardonnay. This wine starts off a tad sweet, with a bit of fruit on the nose and you’re thinking “ooh, dessert.” But come finish, it’s a bit vanilla-ly (from the oak) and you’re thinking “what’s the main course?” Somewhere in the middle, if you pause to swirl the wine around you’ll notice an almost oily texture (like it’s super viscuous). Kind of cool :)

So even though Chardonnay is more fashionable to make, these guys chose to go the maverick route and bring back chenin blanc. I applaud the non-conformist route and this carries over right into the wine, because half of me thinks dessert, and the other half thinks, where’s the freshly buttered tilapia?


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ted wrote 5 years 9 weeks ago

Just tonight I made a butter & olive oil sauce (with salt and pepper) and put about half on a pan. I then put a tilapia steak on top and spread the rest of the sauce on top of the steak. Baked it for 12 min at 500 degrees. Added in some stuffing on the side and with this wine, WOW. The Vinum went extremely well with the tilapia. The acidic, oaky finish of the wine by itself turned smooth and delicious with the tilapia. What a great pairing, fully confirmed! :)

susieanderson wrote 5 years 9 weeks ago

Oooh, this sounds amazing. The tilapia from Trader Joe’s is delicious…and now I know what wine to pair it up with :)

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