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While we are in Virginia, and you might very well be surprised that we are still in Virginia, it is worth noting that Viognier is now the official white wine grape of the state. That is the level of commitment the entire state is showing to Viognier.

With all that potential and devotion to Viognier, it would be a mistake not to point out at least one additional producer of note. I first became aware of Horton Vineyards due to their Norton wine. Horton Norton, if only Dr. Seuss made wine!

One of the reasons I was tasting the Horton Norton was because the Horton Viognier had bested some of the world’s top Viogniers just a few years earlier. Not that these sorts of taste-offs mean that much, but this one did put Virginia Viognier on my radar and established the bone fides of the association between Virginia and Viognier. Horton continues to put out a fine Viognier, notably perfumed with jasmine and orange blossoms and worthy of representing this fine, emerging region.

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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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