Pinot Blanc [pee-no blahnk]

Definition: A white grape. According to some experts it's not actually in the Pinot family. According to others, it is.

Grown primarily in: Canada, France-Alsace, Germany and United States

Best Climate: Cool

Winemaking: Pinot blanc is usually vintified the same way chardonnay is. Since it's slightly more delicate in body than chardonnay, ML and oak treatments are generally less.

Nose: Spicy, floral, tropical fruit, citrus, apple.

Mouth: Light to medium body, fruity, spicy. Medium to strong acids.

Note: Much of the pinot blanc planted in the United States is actually melon. There are some vineyards that have the true varietal.

Your Guide to the Varietal Grape

Varietal Facts

Select any varietal on the list below to learn the facts!

Barbera Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Sauvignon Chardonnay
Gamay Gamay Beaujolais
Gerwurztraminer Malbec
Merlot Nebbiolo
Petite Sirah Petite Verdot
Pinot Blanc Pinot Meunier
Pinot Noir Riesling
Sauvignon Blanc Sangiovese
Semillon Syrah
Viognier Zinfandel