April 18, 2013
Taste Sacramento's signature white wine: Chenin blanc

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A movement's been afoot over the last year to designate chenin blanc as the Sacramento area's signature white wine. While plenty of white varietals grow in the region, including such consumer favorites as chardonnay and sauvignon blanc, a growing argument is being made that Clarksburg chenin blanc best expresses this region's terroir for white wines. Even Jon Bonne of the San Francisco Chronicle agrees, saying recently that, "Clarksburg, in the Sacramento delta, is California's ground zero for this grape."

Local chenin blanc expressions range from pineapple fruitiness to leaner styles that are more aligned with France's Loire Valley. On Tuesday at Revolution Wines (2831 S St., Sacramento), local wine lovers can sample some of the area's best chenin blanc in a tasting sponsored by Green Restaurants Alliance Sacramento (GRAS).

The tasting will feature such local producers as Revolution Wines, Bogle (which has grown chenin blanc for decades), Clarksburg Wine Company, Dancing Coyote and more. The tasting runs from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and costs $10. A following Slow Foods Sacramento mixer runs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., which features appetizers from Revolution Wines' bistro and includes more wines. The cost is $18. Or, you can save a few bucks and buy a combined tasting and mixer ticket for $25. Information: (916) 444-7711,

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