The Drinking Hour podcast: Celebrating Chenin Blanc

In episode 62 of The Drinking Hour podcast, host David Kermode is joined by Richard Duckitt, winemaker at Bellingham, to celebrate one of the world’s most versatile grape varieties: Chenin Blanc

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It’s one of the world’s most versatile grape varieties, gracing supermarket shelves and Michelin-starred tasting menu wine flights alike – Chenin Blanc deserves to be celebrated, says host David Kermode on this week’s episode of The Drinking Hour podcast.

Despite its beginnings in the Loire, Chenin Blanc is actually now South Africa‘s signature grape, with the country boasting just under 19,000 hectares of Chenin Blanc vines – almost twice as much as there is in France. Kermode is joined by Richard Duckitt, winemaker at Bellingham, a South African estate that’s been making wine since the 17th Century, to discuss the brilliance of Chenin Blanc. In this episode, Kermode also shares top South African (and further afield) Chenin Blanc recommendations from this year’s IWSC.

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