#DrinkChenin Day

In 2014 the first #DrinkChenin Day was celebrated on June 12th in New York and 10 other cities across the USA. TheDrinkChenin Day campaign was the brainchild of USA retailers and sommeliers.

The CBA actively joined the campaign in 2016 and Jim Clark, Marketing Manager, WOSA USA, also conducted a virtual tasting of a number of SA chenins. Although the 15th of June 2018 was picked for the northern hemisphere summer, celebrating the freshness of Chenin blanc, it actually put the spotlight on the diversity of Chenin Blanc.

Chenin can be just as enjoyable during the South Africa winter with fuller styles ranging from sur lie to wooded styles, ideal partner for warming winter meals. This campaign has expanded to an international celebration of Chenin Blanc. 

This initiative is actively driven by the SE Wine Collective (drinkchenin.com) in the US and by the Chenin Blanc Association (drinkchenin.co.za) in South Africa.  Wines of South Africa (WOSA - Europe) is also actively supporting the campaign by e.g. facilitating special Chenin tastings and activities.
   

CHENIN IS ALL ABOUT GOOD FOOD AND GREAT COMPANY

In celebration of the fact that Chenin Blanc is considered a food friendly wine, we are inviting you to celebrate the month leading up to International #DrinkChenin day on a culinary journey with us, and discover the diversity of Chenin for yourself.

Recipes paired with Chenin Blanc:
  

Avondale and FABER restaurant:
White Bean Veloute



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Bellingham:
Oven Roasted Duck



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Boland:
Sosaties



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Darling Cellars:
Thai Green Curry



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Delaire Graff:
Buffalo Mozzarella salad

 



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Franschhoek Cellar:
Curried Dahl and
Coconut Soup
 



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Joostenberg:
Orange and Granadilla Tiramisu

 



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Ken Forrester and 96 Winery Road:
Ketaifi Salmon with Wasabi mayo



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Kleine Zalze and Terroir restaurant:
Prawn Risotto

  



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KWV:
Cilantro and Lime Marinated Chicken Breast Salad



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L’Avenir:
Chilli-cream Prawns

   



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Neethlingshof:
Fresh Mussels

  



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Opstal:
Norwegian Smoked Salmon and
Cream Cheese Quiche



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Overhex:
Chicken Curry

   



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Overhex:
Vetkoek and Curried Mince

   



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Rhebokskloof:
Goats Cheese and Guava Panna Cotta



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Spier:
Farmer Angus Smoked Bacon and Trout Vichyssoise



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Uitkyk:
Chicken Briyani

   



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Villiera:
Asian inpsired Salmon Trout

 



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Chenin Blanc Association of South Africa

ina.smith@iafrica.com