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> South African Chenin Blanc

France’s Loire region may be the ancestral home of Chenin Blanc, but South Africa has the Loire beat when it comes to the number of vineyard acres planted with the white wine grape. And though South African co-ops have produced boatloads of mediocre plonk over the past century, the country’s more forward-looking winemakers now have their sights set on crafting wines that can hold their own with Chenin Blancs from any region in the world.

One of South Africa’s most prominent proponents of the varietal is Ken Forrester, who has been making outstanding Chenin Blanc for 20 years. His entry-level “Petit” bottling, appropriately available at the decidedly diminutive Little Wine Shoppe in St. Paul’s St. Anthony Park neighborhood, offers bright green apple and citrus flavors that make it an ideal match with fresh summer fare.

Ken Forrester
Petit Chenin Blanc 2008,
$9.49 at The Little Wine Shoppe, 2236 Carter Ave.,
St. Paul, 651-645-5178

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