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Honorable Mention: Pine Ridge

And now for a tough call. Pine Ridge might be responsible for more people’s introductions to Viognier than any single other wine, if only 10% at a time. You see, for years Pine Ridge has been producing this amazing wine, for very little money.

Today’s blend of 79% Chenin Blanc and 21% Viognier seems to be higher than I recall in the past, but pay no mind to the vintage vagaries, year in and year out this is one of the greatest spring and summer wines on the market. It’s a lovely wine, bright, juicy, fruity yet crisp, and as I mentioned before, it has served as an introduction to Viognier, obtuse though it may be, to more people than any other wine that I’m aware of. That’s good enough for a very honorable mention!
 

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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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