The Chenin Blanc varietal is native to the central Loire Valley in France, and also to the vineyards of South Africa, where it's called Steen. Either way, it's one of the world's most approachable and enjoyable white wines, either alone or with a wide range of international cuisines.
From an emerging winegrowing area south of Sacramento, this wine brings you very up-front aromas and flavors of lush yellow fruit, including nectarine, apricot, and peach. The mouthfeel is balanced by a hint of red apple and melon. Its lower acidity makes it very round on the palate, with a lingering finish.
PORK CHOPS WITH APPLES
The slight sweetness of Chenin Blanc serves as a sensational accompaniment to sweeter dishes. Pan-seared pork chops, simmered in a mixture of white wine, butter, and apples will show this wine to great advantage.