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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  • Buitenverwachting Viognier 3rd Time Lucky 2012


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    Wine review by mikalweiss

  • Thought I'd start a topic to see what "different" wines people are drinking. I've been on a hunt to find wines made from lesser known grapes or from unusual areas. Here's one of each.This is a rose made from Cinsault, not too unusual right? Well this is from the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon. Either they don't make very good wine in Lebanon or this bo... Read More

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  • Adega On 45th Estate Winery Viognier 2012


    Adega (on 45th - in Osoyoos, BC Canada) is a beautifully situated winery with ... and I should say that this Viognier evokes a wine of Provence; the colour is of lemon oil with a nose of ginger and peach. On the palate more peach, some cake spice with good balance. Some density is lacking (depth) so drink up. Quite elegant and European in s... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Cardinal Point Vineyard & Winery Cab F Vio 2013


    Light and fruity, this is red wine for people who don't really like red wine. No tannic bite. Lush finish. Lots of cherry and berry notes. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith

  • The Black Chook Shiraz Viognier 2013


    I must confess that these Oz Shiraz blends are a bit mystifying in hedonic terms - from a personal standpoint, at least. The Black Chook, for instance, is heavily stamped with a nose of spiced, over-ripe red fruit - even spoiled - although the palate is treated to a balanced - if slightly sweet - rush of one dimensional homemade cherry brandy an... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Al,I do all of my dinner party/ appetizer parties as blind tastings.  I do ... a chenin from Loire, a CA Viognier, and a NZ SB say with an asian food theme.  I tend to stick to red or white for the challenge, not both at the same time.  If I do that, I will do whites with appetizers (assuming they will pair correctly) and reds with the appropri... Read More

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  • Sandra and I were fortunate yesterday to attend a quickly sold out (57 minutes after the e-mail went out to the RdV Ambassador members, it was fully booked) 'Introduction to Blind Tasting' class at our favorite Northern Virginia winery, RdV.  Getting our two slots in this class was tough, as we didn't call them until 5 or 6 hours after their e-m... Read More

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  • Grilling Mahi Mahi, tonight, and I really like Sauvignon Blanc with seafood. ...  It made her think of Viognier.  It doesn't taste like Viognier, but it has the big flowery nose that we both seem to find in it.  This Apsara is unique in the universe of California SBs.  While it does have acid,it is not BIG CITRUS (grapefruit) that seems to hav... Read More

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  • The next time you visit Barcelona, Spain, get yourself into the mountainous ... plantings of Pedro Ximenez, Viognier and Chenin Blanc.  If Priorat is the king, Montsant is the prince but, that said, following a recent visit I soon learned that this prince is ambitious. Priorat is looking over its shoulder. Originally part of Tarragon, the Deno... Read More

    From the article Ride the Roller Coaster Vines: Priorat to Montsant

  • QUOTEI'm not sure your statement about most French wine regions are ... ... ... Grillet may only grow Viognier. Saint Peray may only grow Marsanne and Roussanne.Outside of Rhone, you have others. In Beaujolais for example, Gamay is the only red grape allowed in Morgon (And probably some other Beaujolais cru as well). Morgon is allowed to grow... Read More

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