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Jul 31, 2008 05:00PM ● By Super Admin

Erhardt 2001 – Clarksburg Chenin Blanc

Some wines get no respect! Consider Chenin Blanc. Here’s a variety that is one of the most versatile wines in the world, planted in most wine growing regions, and is the third most widely planted variety in California. Much of it is used to blend, but it is not often seen as a varietal at the forefront of retail shelves.

Lucky for us, Clarksburg, just south of Sacramento, is famous for Chenin Blanc. The 2001 Clarksburg Chenin Blanc is made in a Vouvary-style, this wine is harvested high in sugar and fermented down to a dry wine, which creates a sense of balance. Pale gold color, light body, wonderful pear scent, and flavors of crisp pear and melon linger when sipping this wine. This is a great go-to wine for any chicken, seafood or Asian dishes; also a perfect aperitif wine alone.

Rick Mindermann
Rick is a 30-year veteran grocer with Corti Brothers in Sacramento,
personal assistant to Darrell Corti, and “The Good Taste Guy” for


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