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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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  • Philo Ridge Vineyards Viognier Nelson Ranch

    Snoothrank:

    After visiting the charming (but expensive) rusticity of Boonville CA, one ... ... ... with Philo Ridge. This Viognier is nearly 4 years old, but doing well in the bottle with wonderful ginger, lychee, and stewed peach on the nose. If you like a ramped up Condrieu, this is your dram. The palate is warmed by a 14.6% alcohol level but this i... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • The Wolftrap Syrah Mourvedre Viognier 2014

    Snoothrank:

    Tending toward old world style with nice acidity and biting tannins. Not really impressed. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • The Rhône holds a large piece of my heart for one big, unctuous reason: the Viognier grape. She’s the first white grape I ever loved. Viognier braved near-extinction and now enjoys an effusive existence in so many wine glasses worldwide. From the classic Condrieu varietal bottlings to red blend cameo appearances, Viognier’s oily bits of succulen... Read More

    From the article Back to the Rhone's Future


  • The Viognier and Old Vine Zinfandel arrived today. Might search out the other two. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Virtual tastings and rumors...


  • I just noticed the RSVP button for the Lodi event on Jun. 3.2014 McCay Cellars Viognier2014 Uvaggio Rosato2012 Harney Lane Winery Lizzy James Old Wine Zinfandel2012 Fields Family Wines Syrah    I have to say some of those look pretty interesting.  The only winery with which I have any familiarity is Uvaggio--and by "familiarity," in this case, I... Read More

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  • As the former National Wine Director for Smith & Wollensky Restaurant ... ... ... Roussanne, Marsanne and Viognier are all excellent bets. And, it’s worth going out of your way to find the hybrid Blanc du Bois, which is made in styles varying as widely as crisp and fresh to oxidative and orange to sweet or fortified. Try any of these Texas be... Read More

    From the article The Texas Wine Scene is Booming


  • Imbibe, aye! Earlier this month, award-winning wine blog The Gray Report ... ... probably from the 2% Viognier.”  Photo Credit: Pixab Read More

    From the article Great White North: Gray Report Names Top 10 Northern Canadian Quaffers


  • Imagery Estate Winery Wow Oui Pine Mountain Cloverdale Peak 2014

    Snoothrank:

    I cannot recall a wine as pale in color as this one. I almost looks like water. Big nose of flowers and fruit. Fruit flavors of mango, pineapple, melon, lemon. Once I get past the fruit explosion, this is a very light bodied wine. Nice refreshing acid. Very refreshing summer sipper. Im going to be having grilled tuna with a fruit salsa, t... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • We had a vaguely Chinese dinner of noodles, lamb and spinach, so we went for a ... had a Terra d'Oro chenin/viognier under VacuVin and finished that off.  We're getting closer to the three to five month move out, so we are running down our stock (which got a little harder with the weekend purchases in Amador County Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Not a good time to bring up the Clips again.  Ouch.Okay, Terra d'Oro ... a glass or two from a Chenin/Viognier blend, also Montevina/Terra d'Oro.  At this rate, I might have to drive across the state again to stock up on Amador win Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • I tried and bought 2009 and 2010 Vigonier from Mc pherson Vineyards in Lubbock, Texas. I thought they were outstanding!! K. Kangas

    Comment by 794009ohiokangas 794009 ohiokangas


  • The best Viognier ever is Raventos Blanc Parfum de Vi Blanc, Penedes!!!!

    Comment by 832213viognierbabe 832213 viognierbabe


  • Since its orginal planting and first harvest in 1993 at Horton Vineyards in Charlottesville, Virginia (Monticello Appelation)- Viognier has risen not only to become the top grape in Virginia- but the wines produced from it have become some of the first to recognized as "competitive" with wines from the rest of the world. One of the reasons for ...

    Comment by 83884ChipDWood 83884 ChipDWood


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