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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  • Yep, you're right DM - I left out fishing! Fishing was my favorite pastime ... ... is doing well with Viognier these days and has taking quite a liking to Petit Manseng - the grape of Jurancon!  That makes sense as the climate between Shenandoah and southwestern France are pretty similar.And thanks for the welcome Jonderry and Vino!  To answe... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Have enology-related questions?


  • Bruce, let me add my welcome.  I'm one of the few East Coasters ... ... Highlights were Riesling, Viognier and Cab Franc. Remember a number of hybrids that tended toward the sweet and/or grapey side. Is there a significant difference between the Finger Lake wines and the LI wine Read More

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  • Hi, I'm Bruce.  I'm a UC Davis graduate of enology (26 years ago..alas) and have recently joined Snooth.  I was a former winemaker and enologist at two wineries on Long Island during the 1990s and am now semi-retired in Sarasota, FL.I'm still working in the wine trade, part-time in retail, but otherwise retired.  I'm still active in wine and eno... Read More

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  • Cotes du Rhone Villages Reserve Perrin Blanc 2015

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    Apples on the nose with fruit on entry with lots of acid and a slightly bitter finish. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • MJET, that paella (?) looks awesome! Thinking a well chilled ... with a ... with a not bad but not great viognier from Virginia. On the nose and in the mouth almond/honeysuckle predominates with decent acidity but not much else. Although the acid is there, this wine is a bit on the fat/flabby side with a medium short finis Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • August is here -- along with warm, steamy weather for most of the country. For ... Knight 2014 Viognier ($12)In addition to Viognier (87%), small amounts of French Colombard (9%), and Muscat (4%) were included in the blend. All of the fruit is from Clarksburg, California. White peach aromas light up the nose. The palate is stuffed with a bevy o... Read More

    From the article Value Wines for Summer


  • OT, was that raspberry for me?  Related to my comments about not drinking ... ... of Calera PN and the Viognier.  And I was talking with someone about the IPOB tasting (and some of the founders of that) with someone at the time.  Stay tuned. Tonight we'll have BBQ chicken wings and I was contemplating a white, the J. Lohr Gesture RMV that I b... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Is there a winemaker/grower that OT doesn't know?  Now they want his ... bottle of Roussane?Marsanne/Viognier by the nice people at J. Lohr--more coming on that.  I hope I didn't cook it in the car, as we tried to park in shade wherever we went, but it was difficult.  On the way home, we decided to get off the freeway to avoid traffic, taking ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • What are the secrets of a winemaker with over one hundred 90+ point wines ... ... them, are achieved through Viognier, Muscat Canelli, and Muscat. Weight, texture, and depth are made possible by Semillon and Chardonnay. Sauvignon Blanc is the structural beam of acidity. Each varietal is cultivated to be its very best self. Blending begins only... Read More

    From the article All About Wine, Vine by Vine


  • Vallouit Condrieu Tendre a l'Ancienne 1994

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    I bought this bottle of wine from the website ... white wines made from the viognier grape in 7 communes forming a 12 mile stretch of the west bank of the Rhone south of Cote-Rotie. Four of the communes also form part of the Saint-Joseph appellation.The vines are grown on steep south and south-west facing slopes overlooking the river. The viogn... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


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