Pinot Blanc (or Pinot Bianco) is a semi-dry white wine that is often compared to Chardonnay. It is typically crisp and refreshing and, depending on where it's made, it can be sweet or have nutty flavors. It's very common for winemakers to use the Pinot Blanc grape when making sparkling and sweet dessert wines as well.
You will find that Pinot Blanc is a fascinating little wine that doesn't get a lot of attention but is in more wines than you may think.
In France, it is known as Pinot Blanc (PEE-no blahnk), and in Italy, it is Pinot Bianco. The Pinot Blanc grape originated from the Alsace region of France. It was modified from the Pinot Grigio grape, which is a variation of the Pinot Noir grape. This relationship between the two white wines and the famous red explains the shared name.
Pinot Blanc is very similar to a Chardonnay in that it has a medium to full body and light flavor. It is characteristically high in acidity which lends it a sour to tart profile. It's quite a lively wine.
Pinot Blanc's lighter flavors often include citrus, melon, pear, apricot, and perhaps smokey or mineral undertones.
This white wine's softer characteristics make it a good match for foods of a similar profile. The wine will be lost in a meal made of flavorful or spicy foods, so keep the food flavors light and airy.
Some good options for a Pinot Blanc pairing include seafood, light-flavored meats, light to medium sauces (particularly white and butter sauces), and mild-flavored cheese choices.