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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  • Maison Nicolas Perrin Syrah Viognier 2011


    Raspberry flavors and black cherry, dry finish. Interesting sipping wine. Read More

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity

  • Cooper's Hawk White Blend American NV


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  • We tipped when the tasting room person went out of their way or did more than ... ... Roussanne Syrah, and Viognier), were also my standouts on my past visits, and I was not impressed with the Pinot for the most part.  Many of the single varietal Viogniers were too big and flabby, IMO.  But when blended, there were some really nice white Rhon... Read More

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  • In my tasting at Tercero, it was also the Viognier blend (The Outlier) that impressed me most, though I didn't get to try the Mourvedre, which everyone raves about.Have also heard good things about Qupe's Roussane/Masanne. Anyhow Vv, sounds like a great trip, and thanks for all the reports. Read More

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  • Sitting at the kitchen table after a long day of travel and sorting through my ... wines, a couple 2011 GSMs, a viognier, a 2009 syrah and our first zin of the trip. May be due to the aging or the winemaking, the Carina offerings came across as a bit more complex, richer and a bit fuller. After an excellent lunch at the Los Olivos Cafe we head... Read More

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  • Wednesday was a travel and cleansing day. We decided to take our time going ... ... up a chard, an excellent viognier, two pinots and our first rose (of pinot). There was also an option to taste their 2011 Founders' Vines Pinot for an extra $10. This is their high end, low production (5 barrels), top of the line pinot that sells to the public ... Read More

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  • Thanks Larry, I've seen you on Berserkers (where I lurk more than I post), ... ... We sampled an excellent viognier and then three rhone blends followed by one of the better syrahs of the trip so far. We really enjoyed the atmosphere here on top of the world, sitting outside overlooking the vineyards for a seated tasting.  Some folks staying ... Read More

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  • Thanks all for the concern but we are fully enjoying everything so far. I'm ... pinots, three syrahs and a viognier were on offer. Their all stainless chardonnay (Inox) was excellent - crisp, acidic, nice notes of lemon cream and a hint of pineapple. We also enjoyed the 2012 estate syrah - High Density. The name is an indication of the vineyard... Read More

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  • Had a great first full day here in south central California. Started off with a very good breakfast at the ForFriends B&B in Santa Ynez. Too early for any of the tasting rooms to be open so we headed down to Jalama beach for some salt air and scenery. Beautiful beach with some interesting campsites and about a half dozen surfers enjoying some mo... Read More

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  • OT-tell us about it? Mine are in route with an ETA of Monday or ... 8% Grenache and 2% Viognier. A nice change of pace for this mostly Cab drinker. Good foral nose, bright fruit on entry, good acidiity, medium body, very fine tannins with a medium finish. Very, very easy drinking.  Read More

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