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D'Arenberg

I really do need to get out more. For better or for worse, when I think of Australia and their best wines I often think of d’Arenberg. Of course, a long history of producing benchmark wines tends to do that to you. With 100 years under their belt, d’Arenberg has sort of established themselves. While they continue to innovate, their wines live on as a testament to a legacy of producing fine, unique and affordable wines. The fact that White Rhône wines figure so prominently in their line-up shows a company not afraid to go their own way.

Viognier, Roussanne and a Viognier Marsanne blend make up this part of d’Arenberg’s portfolio, along with a Viognier/Roussanne sticky. Each of these wines is bright and perfumed, produced in a style that preserves each variety’s unique character. It’s amazing to taste the wines with their brethren from around the globe and note their differences and similarities. The more I taste, the more I continue to be impressed by d’Arenberg’s

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  • Being a numbers guy, I'm just mildly interested in the total # of this sampling that you were able to cull down to 10. So how many did you taste? Texas seems to have a problem with distribution so I will need more friends in NY and CA who are willing to ship me some "vinegar" from time to time! For the time being I am enjoying the local stuff.

    Apr 05, 2012 at 2:42 PM


  • Lots of imports and bigger guys. We just had the Domestic Rhone Rangers event where over a hundred producers, mostly small, poured. All of us ship wine :) Perhaps you will get around to us sometime? :)
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    Apr 05, 2012 at 3:42 PM


  • I live in Oregon and absolutely love the Viognier and Grenache Blanc at Dobbes Family Estate. I think the Viognier is the best I've ever had and it is really cool that Joe Dobbes is the only winemaker in the state who is currently selling a 100% Grenache Blanc. It is always refreshing to try something unique. I wish I'd seen Oregon represented on the list above.

    Apr 06, 2012 at 12:31 PM


  • Texas is actually the best place to grow and vinify Viognier with Double Gold Medal Winners from Texas Wineries like Becker's, Lone Oak, Brennan's, McPherson, just to name a few. Andrea Imner named Becker Viognier the best Viogner she has tasted. This reaises the question, Why were Texas' great Viogniers not on the list? Is it an oversight or a bias?

    Apr 06, 2012 at 10:31 PM


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