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It is our belief that Chenin Blanc (when made well) rivals some of the
greatest white wines of the world. This wine was made from cool climate
grapes, barrel fermented in French Oak, and aged for 9 months. Blah, Blah,
Blah, Blah, Blah...REDISCOVER CHENIN BLANC!
Working with our designer (Anya, of Full Tank Design) on the label for this wine was almost as fun as making the wine. After seeing this label, our parents lovingly refer to us as Ben and Jerry. Come to think of it, we didnt ask Ken Wilson (our grower) what he would think about putting his
name on a pint of Ben and Jerrys, but after tasting the wine, he didnt seem to mind. Undoubtedly, Ken grows the best Chenin Blanc in California at
his vineyard in Clarksburg. For those who arent familiar with Clarksburg,
it is located west of Sacramento. It has a unique microclimate where the
cool breezes from the Sierras and the Bay moderate the long hot days which
allow the grapes to reach optimal maturity. In addition to those ideal
growing conditions, the grapes come from low yielding old vines which
provide the intensity that makes our Chenin Blanc unique.
Vinum Cellars is a collaboration of winemakers Richard Bruno and Chris Condos, who first became friends while they were students at UC Davis. They share a long standing passion for Chenin Blanc and fondness for the more obscure grape varieties. After graduation, Chris went to work for Pine Ridge as Enologist, and Richard went to Bonny Doon as their distiller. Shortly after, their...Read More About Vinum Cellars
California has nearly 100 American Viticulture Areas (AVAs) and accounts for almost 90% of wine production in the United States. In our section of Other California, we include wines from smaller AVAs as well as wines from the California AVA. Here are a few smaller AVAs you may see on the label:
Livermore Valley AVA, located right outside of San Francisco and home to...Read More About Other California
Model of Versatility
The best representation of the Chenin Blanc grape can be found in the
Valley of France - more specifically, the regions of Vouvray, Savennieres,
Anjou and Samur. The versatility of the grape allows it to produce wines both
dry and sweet, still and sparkling - and you can find all examples in the...Read More About Chenin Blanc
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