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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  • Saint-Cosme Côtes du Rhône Blanc 2011


    Peach, melon, tangerine and honeysuckle dominate both the nose and palate. This is gripping and crisp with good minerality and acidity with a zippy after taste. Well done - Paul 89 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951

  • Cline Viognier North Coast 2014


    Dependable white. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

  • Spanish White Guerrilla Viognier Barrica 2013


    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002

  • Vinum Cellars White Elephant 2013


    Delicious vanilla cream pie notes of white peach, ripe red apple and hazelnut on the nose. In the mouth this is full and emollient, with toasty apple and pear fruit playing against peach and apricot, wrapped in a cream cheese envelope and finishing with a nutty memory. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • To press or not to press? That is NOT the question. Rarely does anything in ... ... varieties, especially Viognier and Gewurztraminer, tend to have higher tannins in the skins so in these cases additional skin contact could bring in bitterness which will then have to be fined out later through PVPP, Gelatin, or Isinglass treatments. For Rosé,... Read More

    From the article Pressing Issues: Exploring a Small Portion of the Maze of Winemaking Decisions

  • Vinovino - that Qupe is pretty good. So is their Viognier. Actually, I think their Viognier is one of the best I've had anywhere - but it's a low bar.As far as the Baga goes, a few years ago I had dinner with Luis Pato, who's kind of like the world ambassador for Baga. It's an interesting grape. Kind of like Bobal or Kadarka or back in the day, ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic And now for something...

  • As wine lovers who among us doesn't enjoy doing horizontal tastings of ... ... French/Amer/Hungarian oak, Viognier, cold soak/immediate fermentation, inoculated/native yeast, maceration, extraction, differing days on skins, punchdowns, pumpovers etc in order to achieve the style of wine they want.One of the best things about this tasting is th... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Las Madres 20 Ways

  • Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc Viognier 2014


    Very palealmost watery lookingyellow color. Bright refreshing tropical fruit nose. Lots of fruit on entrygreen apple, citrus, table grapes, pineapple, melon. No indication of RS on the label, but I have to believe there is, at least, 1%, or so. Very tart makes this a very refreshing, although not terribly sophisticated, summer wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc Viognier 2014


    Floral and fresh on the nose. Light fruit and a touch sweet with good acidity. Finish was short and slightly bitter. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

  • Yalumba Viognier Eden Valley 2008


    Another great white. Full of flavor and has lots of body. Another great buy and great with fish or Asian cuisines. Read More

    Wine review by sbr1105

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