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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  • As per your OP's title, JD, next a look at CA. From the Wine ... Tempranillo, 36 wineries; Viognier, 123 wineries; and the listings are growing.      "These emerging varietal wines are a natural outcome of California’s ideal yet varied climate and soil for growing winegrapes. A central fact of California winegrowing is the long Pacific Ocean co... Read More

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  • Trying to recall a conversation we had a little while ago on this subject.Whats the most widely planted (acreage) and produced (bottles) red grape in CA, U.S., and worldwide?I seem to recall a Snooth article mentioning Grenache as the most widely planted red grape worldwide, but that was some years ago. I'm assuming it's Chardonnay for white? Read More

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  • Browne Family Vineyards Chardonnay 2014


    This wine is 96% Chardonnay and 4% Viognier. White tea, lemon, crisp fresh cut green apple greet the nose and palate. It's got an undercurrent of oily, creamy fullness, owing to the Viognier. Squirt of lime on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • It wouldn't grow well here EMark. They grow it in Virginia because they ... have a Petite Manseng and a Viognier and seemed to still be looking for the right combination of grapes for their geograph Read More

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  • Wow....   this is young, needed to open, but y'all know me.  ... ... This is a fantastic Viognier.  As a matter of fact, for those who frequent California Viognier, you wouldn't even think it IS one.  EXCELLENT acidity.  I'm a little plugged up right now, but it has a nose of lemon or lime leaves with a hint of something else... maybe anise? A... Read More

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  • Thank you DMCKER. Right now I am exploring Viognier's and Petite Manseng; digging learning about the wines. I am not a conformer to seasons or regions; I drink what I like when I like. Read More

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  • I am excited to be a part of the Snooth community. Looking forward to learning about new sips from fellow wine enthusiasts.  Delighted to share my thoughts on whats in my glass through my reviews and the lens of my camera. Read More

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  • Joseph Swan Viognier Catie's Corner Russian River Valley 2009


    No written review

    Wine review by hoffert

  • Miner Viognier California 2014


    Tea leaf and white blossom notes with peach and lemon on the nose. Emollient and juicy on the palate with floral notes of blossom and pear with pleasant white peach and zesty green apple and watermelon on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Casa Rondena Viognier 2014


    Another home grown from Casa Rondena. A creamy viscous looking gold in the glass. Opens with a herbaceous, yeasty, pear; then more unripe pear; ending with apricot and pear. Medium body in the mouth, small legs, and very tart with high acidity. Some of the pear carries over to the palate, but with tart kiwi and cranberry and a pleasant mineralit... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

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