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California was the frontier for Rhône varieties two decades ago but that title has certainly been usurped by the great state of Virginia which is making a run for the title of Viognier Capital of the New World! With so many wineries opening up over a short period of time and much of their efforts being focused on Viognier, it’s easy to find both excellent and mediocre examples of the varietal. Time will distinguish those producers who really excel with the variety. Early returns indicate that Veritas is and will remain one of the leaders in this field.

Veritas produces a complete line of wines: white, red, dessert, sparkling and, in keeping with the region’s identity, even one from a hybrid grape. If you had to find the one Veritas wine that people are most familiar with, I’m guessing it has to be Viognier. Fresh, fruity and tropical, it embodies all the potential of Viognier in Virginia.

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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? :)

    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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