One of the great stories of the past decade has been the renaissance of Viognier.

With new producers in the Rhône Valley as well as an explosion of producers from emerging regions like Virginia, Washington state and Paso Robles, all pushing for cleaner, purer expressions of the grape, consumers were offered exciting new alternatives to more familiar varieties. The response has been an resounding success.

With its flamboyant peach and floral aromatics, smooth texture and generally soft acidity, modern Viognier has struck a cord with consumers’ palates. If there is a hiccup to be found here, it’s the delicate balance of sweetness that many Viogniers need to balance out that faint edge of bitterness which comes with many of the wines.

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