The Wine Curmudgeon thinks chenin blanc is one of the world's great unappreciated grapes. When it is made well, it’s a fine alternative to chardonnay –- dry and fruity in the New World style or dry and steely in the French style.
The catch, of course, is the phrase “if it’s made well.” Too much chenin blanc is tasting room sweet or sour and green. Fortunately, there is the Sebeka (about $10), a South African wine from the Gallo empire. It’s a solid Tuesday night with Chinese takeout wine – a bit sweet, but not unpleasantly so, with lots of tropical fruit. I wish it had had more of an acid backbone, but that doesn’t detract from its value.