Wines made from the Pinot Blanc grape are known for their pear and mineral notes as well as moderate to high acidity. Lighter bodied Pinot Blanc goes well with seafood, while medium bodied examples work with lighter meats and sauces.
California Pinot Blanc is not appreciated as much as it should be. In California, Pinot Blanc has always taken a distant backseat to Chardonnay. Chalone and Au Bon Climat both make excellent wines from grape.
Like California, Pinot Blanc wine in Europe has generally been overshadowed by other varietals. The Alto Aldige wine region of Northern Italy does take the grape quite seriously. Additionally, the sparkling wine Cremant d’Alsace has a significant amount of Pinot Blanc in it.