Viognier

 

Name of varietal: Viognier
 
Common synonyms: Picotin Blanc, Bergeron, Barbin, Greffou, Rebolot, Vionnier, Petiti Vionnier, Viogne, Galopine, Vugava Bijela, 
 
Parentage of the grape: unknown
 
History of the grape: Viognier is thought to be an indigenous grape of Croatia that was brought to the Rhone in France by the Romans. A fun story that may or not be true is that it was intended for Burgundy, to Beaujolais, and was packaged with Syrah vines that were intercepted by the Medieval French equivalent of the Jesse James gang around Condrieu in Rhone and there it stayed. It likely got its name from the Roman outpost Vienne. It was once widely planted in France, but because it is tricky to grow, once Phylloxera struck, it was only replanted in a few places. Condrieu is the only Rhone appellation that is 100% Viognier. In other areas, besides rare varietal releases, small amounts of it are used as a blending component to red Syrah for body. It eventually made its Read more »

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  • Imagery Estate Winery Wow Oui Pine Mountain Cloverdale Peak 2014

    Snoothrank:

    I cannot recall a wine as pale in color as this one. I almost looks like water. Big nose of flowers and fruit. Fruit flavors of mango, pineapple, melon, lemon. Once I get past the fruit explosion, this is a very light bodied wine. Nice refreshing acid. Very refreshing summer sipper. Im going to be having grilled tuna with a fruit salsa, t... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • We had a vaguely Chinese dinner of noodles, lamb and spinach, so we went for a ... had a Terra d'Oro chenin/viognier under VacuVin and finished that off.  We're getting closer to the three to five month move out, so we are running down our stock (which got a little harder with the weekend purchases in Amador County Read More

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  • Not a good time to bring up the Clips again.  Ouch.Okay, Terra d'Oro ... a glass or two from a Chenin/Viognier blend, also Montevina/Terra d'Oro.  At this rate, I might have to drive across the state again to stock up on Amador win Read More

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  • "When the moon hits your eye/like a big pizza pie/that's ... us with a chenin blanc/viognier blend that was very nice, and a rich, slightly honeyed alternative to chardonnay.  I like my chenin on its own, but my wife thought this was really nice and would be perfect for her meeting tonight with the distaff movers and shakers of Oakland.  Electe... Read More

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  • Dinner was a really interesting fish dish with an olive sauce.  I ... ... wine, a Marsanne/Roussane/Viognier blend, is really good.  I really like it with oysters, but it's what we had chilled and I have another bottle of the 2014 to drink with shellfish when I bother to get some shucked.&nbs Read More

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  • First part done.So the locals also suggested Jocko's to my wife, and we ... ... thing, but we did have a Viognier to drink.  Wild Horse, so local, quite good with the food. Earlier in the day, I had fish tacos (halibut)--that's one potentially locally caught fish.  Kids enjoyed their food and the view (with paraglider outside) was nice, althou... Read More

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  • This past week the Times of Malta heralded the victory of one of its wines, a 2014 Viognier, which took home a certificate of recognition at the 2015 Vinitaly Wine Competition this past month in Verona, Italy.  According to Times of Malta, more than 3,000 wines from 30 countries were tasted at the competition. There were 16 categories and “21 ju... Read More

    From the article Malta Wine Snags Recognition at Vinitaly Competition


  • Adelaida Version White Anna's Vineyard 2013

    Snoothrank:

    Solid white blend from Adelaida. The Viognier comes through on the nose with really nice floral aromatics. On the palate the Roussanne brings some butterscotch, while the Grenache Blanc brings along a creamy lemon note. Very nice acidity cleans things up along with a medium long finish. At 14.8% abv the alcohol is not shy but is well balanced ... Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Okay, I get to take two quick trips this month.  First, we go to San Luis Obispo, Pismo Beach, and Cambria (more or less in that order).  We have one night in Pismo Beach that we can go out for dinner, and we can do a very limited amount of wine tasting because we will have the kids.  So, where do we have dinner in Pismo?  If we eat out in Cambr... Read More

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  • Cepas Elegidas la Rioja Torrontes 2010

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    Fermented in stainless steel at low temperatures with native yeasts and the ... like a perfect mix of Chard, Viognier, and Pinot Grigio, crisp yet full in the mouth, with beautiful stone and tropical fruits Read More

    Wine review by mark


  • I tried and bought 2009 and 2010 Vigonier from Mc pherson Vineyards in Lubbock, Texas. I thought they were outstanding!! K. Kangas

    Comment by 794009ohiokangas 794009 ohiokangas


  • The best Viognier ever is Raventos Blanc Parfum de Vi Blanc, Penedes!!!!

    Comment by 832213viognierbabe 832213 viognierbabe


  • Since its orginal planting and first harvest in 1993 at Horton Vineyards in Charlottesville, Virginia (Monticello Appelation)- Viognier has risen not only to become the top grape in Virginia- but the wines produced from it have become some of the first to recognized as "competitive" with wines from the rest of the world. One of the reasons for ...

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