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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  • Not a full review mind you, just some random musings on getting a chance to eat ... paired a pair or whites (a Viognier and a crisp Italian Falanghina) as well as a couple bottles of Rothschild's red "Pauillac" from '06- which in its own right was remarkably open and ready to go for being so young and opened at the table.While everything was de... Read More

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  • Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc-Viognier California 1999

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    a new favorite - different from the typical Read More

    Wine review by Gina Paddock


  • Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc Viognier 2007

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    I picked up a bottle of this at a local wine tasting where we were tasting blends. I wasn't exceptionally impressed at the tasting because, I suspect, I was so impressed with the Evolution. However, I finally got around to trying the bottle I bought with a light lunch salad and found it really nice. It is a little on the sweet side but not cloyi... Read More

    Wine review by mikegriffin


  • Well starting right here is a great idea!As we transition into full Holiday panic mode, a lot of people will find themselves faced with the same old questions:What wines go well with Turkey?What wines are good choices for the Holiday party?What wine should I get my Boss/Dr./father-in-law, who is a wine geek, but keep it under $30 please?What win... Read More

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  • Eberle Viognier Paso Robles Mill Road Vineyard 2005

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    One of my favorite viogniers. Read More

    Wine review by Cheri


  • Eberle Viognier Paso Robles Mill Road Vineyard 2006

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    Excellent viognier. Read More

    Wine review by Cheri


  • Robert Hall Viognier Paso Robles 2006

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    Solid viognier, although better when tasted at the winery. Read More

    Wine review by Cheri


  • Cline Cellars Viognier Sonoma County 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by Majikk


  • Fess Parker Viognier Santa Barbara County 2006

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    We loved this wine! A beautiful, clear color with peachy and vanilla (maybe a bit buttery)flavor and so smooth and drinkable. Great with spicy foods. Read More

    Wine review by gentlegarden


  • Montes Syrah Colchagua Valley Alpha 2005

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    Notes: Aged in French Oak barrels for one year, this Syrah, with a bit of Cabernet and Viognier mixed in, has an alcohol content of 14.5%.This wine was medium-bodied and has a nice spicy berry flavor. I could definitely taste a hint of the oak (or perhaps cedar wood is a better term). Very indicative of a Chilean Syrah. The wine opened up as it ... Read More

    Wine review by tabednar


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