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Jo Pithon Chenin Blanc

By Jessica Yadegaran
Monday, December 24th, 2007 at 2:22 pm in Uncategorized.

I went to a great dinner party over the weekend. It was at Shirley and Wouter’s place in Hayes Valley. They belong to my wine club, the Wine Groupies, and Shirley’s guest- blogged in Corkheads a few times. She’s got a killer palate and is a wealth of information.

I arrived with a raw-milk brie I picked up at that little international market on the corner of 7th and Washington in downtown Oakland and my go-to crowd pleaser, Taltarni Brut Tache, which I’ve written about before. It’s an Australian sparkling rose and even I wasn’t prepared for how well its crisp acidity and fruit would cut through the decadent and pungent double cream.

But I was there for the Jo Pithon Savenniere. And to hang with Shirley, Wouter and their fab friends, Rachel and Joey, of course! Last year, my buddy Ian wrapped up the viticulture program at Cal Poly and headed to an internship with the biodynamic winery in the Anjou region of the southern Loire Valley. So I’d heard a lot about Jo Pithon and his hypnotically botrytised Chenin Blancs. I was anxious to try the wine.

Shirley and Wouter made baked salmon and gorgeous organic cauliflower that was brimming with buttery flavors. We all expected the Chenin to show at least some grapefruit and cream but it was all clove and spice. The color was of dark clover honey, the nose was sweet (probably the botrytis) but the wine was bone dry. Very lovely and unusual. Get your hands on some Jo Pithon wines at K&L in San Francisco.

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