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Top 5 White Rhone Varieties We’re celebrating white Rhône varietals in this go around of Snooth’s Global Tasting Initiative. I hear many of you asking, “Why would you do that, and what the heck are white Rhône varietals?”

Well, therein lies your answer. The Global Tasting Initiative is all about discovery, both of wines that we know we like and of wines we know little about! White Rhône include both, think of Viognier and Marsanne for example.

These are more obscure wines and are frequently presented in blends that can obscure each grape’s identity, so I thought today would be the perfect time to get to know the top five white Rhône varieties!

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  • Snooth User: Seabrooker
    167088 56

    Wilderotter (Amador County, CA) makes wonderful Viognier and Roussanne, along with their excellent reds (Rhone varietals as well as Zin and Barbera). They may be the best US producers of Rhone wines we've found.

    Mar 29, 2012 at 11:48 AM

  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
    Hand of Snooth Voice of Snooth
    89065 238,748

    Thanks for the tip! That's a new winery for me, and one I need to check out.

    Mar 29, 2012 at 11:58 AM

  • Snooth User: vatx
    890982 2

    Greg, Ferraton Cotes du Rhone Blanc Samorens is 60 Bourboulenc and 40 Clariette. Available in NYC I know, I've even seen it BTG in the Village.

    Mar 29, 2012 at 9:44 PM

  • Snooth User: vatx
    890982 2

    And Anglim makes great varietal Grenache Blanc from Paso.

    Mar 29, 2012 at 9:45 PM

  • Snooth User: VicAussie
    1039008 2

    Ah Marsanne, my favourite white variety, particularly when grown and produced at Chateau Tahbilk in the Nagambie Region of Victoria, Australia from 1866 vines.
    In particular their older vintages of between 8 - 12 years rival most oaked Chardonnays in colour, depth and complexity. Another reason to visit down under Greg!

    Mar 30, 2012 at 1:30 AM

  • how about a Condrieu From Guigal 100% Viognier Or Chante Allouette an Hermitage from M Chapoutier 100% Marsanne those are amazing example of Rhone Wines from actually the Rhone Valley

    Mar 30, 2012 at 3:53 AM

  • Snooth User: winewiz
    33698 2

    Chrysalis Vineyards has been making one of the top Viogniers in the US since 1997.

    Mar 30, 2012 at 9:10 AM

  • Snooth User: Stevern86
    909211 36

    For Rhone varietals try one stop shopping off the beaten path at Tablas Creek. This Paos Robles winery does Rousanne, Marsanne, Grenace Blanc, Picopul Balnc, and Petit Manseng, all as varietals and all "under one roof" so to speak. They also make white blends and another Mediterranean varietal, Vermentino. This grape is also grown in the southern Rhone and known as Rolle.

    Apr 02, 2012 at 4:14 PM

  • I love the Ferraton Samorens that vatx recommends. Ferraton also preduces a higher end LA Matiniere that is excellent. Both available in Southern New England, though they are a challenge to find.

    Jan 14, 2013 at 4:13 PM

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