Viognier

    WBC Pre-Trip: A Glimpse into the Soul of Santa Barbara Wine

    Larry Schaffer, Tercero Wines Our WBC journey began with bread.  And yeast.  And really good wine.  What I found about the Santa Barbara region is that it has a soul.  It’s real, it’s eclectic, it’s quotable and it’s incredibly real.

    16 readers - By Dallas Wine Chick

    Perissos Vineyards and Winery: Harvest Visit

    Perissos Vineyards and Winery: Harvest Visit It was back in 2010 when I first trekked out to Perissos Vineyards (in the Texas hill country near Burnet, TX) to visit Seth Martin, then a new face on the Texas hill country wine trail, not knowing much more than he worked with Roussanne.

    11 readers - By Vintage Texas Blog

      A Little Serendipity Helps Grow a Winery in the Okanagan

      MyWinePal - - 10 readers - Serendipity Winery is located along the Naramata Bench just north of Penticton.  It  is owned by Judy Kingston and her daughter Katie O’Kell, and vineyard manager Craig MacKenzie. The winery started in the fall of 2005 when Judy embarked on a wine tour of the Okanagan, which also was meant as a peek into retirement properties as well.

      Saving Our Grapes from Birds and Other Predators

      Project Sunlight - A Winemaker's Education - - 6 readers - Last year, as we approached harvest time, I was admiring our grapes one weekend day when I realized it was time to check the sugar levels.  Unfortunately, I had left my refractometer in Fairfax, which, well, wasn’t very helpful.  But not to worry.  I made a mental note to bring it with me to Afton the following weekend, when I was sure that the sugar in the grapes would be just about perfect.

      A Swag Bag of Potatoes?

      Tasting Pour - - 3 readers - We went to lunch with a winemaker and all we got was a sack of potatoes... and we were thrilled. Wine starts with farming and so did the family at Mercer Estates Winery.  Farming runs in the blood, five generations deep.  In fact the Mercers have farmed the same property in Washington since 1886.

    The latest about Viognier

      Chateau L’Ermitage 2012 “Sainte Cecile” Costieres de Nimes White

      … Cecile” Costieres de Nimes White Old vine Roussanne with a bit of Viognier and Grenache Blanc. Fermented in steel and aged for a hot second in oak. Stone fruit and hibiscus on the nose with a whiff of toast and Nutella. The attack is lush and round and only by the finish does the crisp underbelly of crab apple come into play. Flavors of quince and dry…

      By Wine School of Philadelphia

      Ceps Du Sud Viognier 2012 Pays d’Oc, France

      …Proper Viognier at a keen price Ceps Du Sud Viognier 2012 Pays d’Oc, France (£7.05 Bibendum) Really good honest style, with the classic oily peach (fresh and tinned), some creamy nut kernel character, with the voluptuous allure absent in too many similarly priced Viogniers. B+…

      By Drinking Outside The Box

      A Little Serendipity Helps Grow a Winery in the Okanagan

      ….  As serendipity would have it, she found a fruit orchard in Naramata which she purchased and began to convert it to a vineyard with a winery.  In 2007 Judy planted eight acres of vines, with Syrah and Merlot as the primary reds and Viognier and Sauvignon Blanc as the whites. Subsequently she has added other varieties. The first harvest was in 2009; the rest…

      10 readers - By MyWinePal

      Old favorites add new wines to the mix

      … * Remember how excited you always felt when you heard that your favorite band was about to release a new album. Oops, I think I just dated myself, carbon dated even. Nonetheless, the same could be said for new wines from some of your favorite wineries: the only thing better than trying those new wines […] The post Old favorites add new wines…

      2 readers - By What's in the Bottle?

      Roaming the El Dorado Hills: Pleasant Valley Wine Trail

      … – wine bars.  Fifteen minutes north of town, you climb from 1800′ elevation suddenly and surprisingly, as you drive along Pleasant Valley Road. Our first stop was Miraflores Winery, where they were dishing up beef stew and onion tarts to go with thier Rhône style wines.  We were treated to a vertical of Viognier, Syrah, and Petite Sirah before…

      1 readers - By Luscious Lushes

      Perissos Vineyards and Winery: Harvest Visit

      …, unsolicited I showed up to see what Seth was doing. It was a remarkable August 1st harvest day for his estate vineyard’s Viognier. The Muscat was already in the winery, the temperatures were hanging around the upper 80s, refreshing breezes whisked through the vines, vineyard hands were lunching on pizza and juice was running from his press. Taking…

      11 readers - By Vintage Texas Blog

      WBC Pre-Trip: A Glimpse into the Soul of Santa Barbara Wine

      … Larry Schaffer, Tercero Wines Our WBC journey began with bread.  And yeast.  And really good wine.  What I found about the Santa Barbara region is that it has a soul.  It’s real, it’s eclectic, it’s quotable and it’s incredibly real.  It’s something that you can’t get with a cursory look, which is why I am so glad for the experiences that were…

      16 readers - By Dallas Wine Chick

      A Swag Bag of Potatoes?

      …, we can appreciate her workmanship.  All of the wines we tasted were food wines. The Mercer Estates 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon displayed the brightness and surprising delicacy Jessica attributes to the Horse Heave Hills fruit.  While well structured, it did not overwhelm the entree.  The same is true of the Mercer Estates 2013 Viognier.   This varietal…

      3 readers - By Tasting Pour

      Live Wine Blogging

      …Almost two weeks ago (already?) I attended the Wine Bloggers Conference as most of you know by now. (Hopefully this post will be far less volatile than previous post on the Conference—which I never thought would get much traction, but apparently … Continue reading…

      1 readers - By the drunken cyclist

      Saving Our Grapes from Birds and Other Predators

      … wire on the Viognier vines, and haven’t yet rolled it up. I spent the day Sunday (after a full day Saturday working with the Vineyard Goddess on canopy management) installing bird netting.  Bird netting places a barrier between the grapes and predators, and hopefully it will be enough to preserve this year’s crop.  I got about half-way through…

      6 readers - By Project Sunlight - A Winemaker's Education

      Weekend Wine Notes: 10 Under $20

      … of leather and woodsy spice. Now through 2015. Very Good. About $12. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Vina Robles White(4) 2013, Paso Robles. 14.9% alc. Viognier 46%, verdelho 19%, vermentino 19%, sauvignon blanc 16%. Very pale gold hue; mango, ginger and quince, citrus…

      7 readers - By Fredric Koeppel/ Bigger Than Your Head

      A Tour of French Wine Regions via Perseus Winery

      … Can you match the French wine region with the following grape varieties? Region:  Bordeaux, Alsace, Rhone Valley Variety:  Pinot Gris, Viognier, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah If you can’t figure it out, scroll to the bottom of this article for the answer.  Assuming you guessed correctly, or checked with the answer below, All four grape…

      16 readers - By MyWinePal

      Rosés of Summer: Casey Flat Ranch, past and present

      … Blanc, Syrah Rose, Viognier, and an Estate Red blend.  It’s sister label, Open Range, produces Sav Blanc and a red blend as well.  Winemaker Laura Barrett is an exciting, young women winemaker, who started her career in New Zealand.  Recieving her Masters in Enology from neaby UC Davis, Laura joined Casey Flat Rnach in 2008.   When you arrive…

      1 readers - By Luscious Lushes

      Flying to San Francisco and a Conundrum

      …I am on a flight from Philadelphia to San Francisco headed to a week of wine debauchery at the Wine Bloggers Conference (WBC) in Buellton, California in Santa Barbara County. I don’t enjoy being away from my family for even the … Continue reading…

      1 readers - By the drunken cyclist

      A Visit to Clos Saron and Gideon Beinstock

      … voluptuous aura of ripe blackberries, currants and plums. Approximately 104 cases. About $50. >Heart of Stone Syrah 2009. With 10 percent viognier. Very earthy, piercing graphite minerality, deeply and darkly spicy, intense and concentrated, black and blue fruit; powerhouse acidity and tannin, briery and brambly, root-like; incredibly supple…

      2 readers - By Fredric Koeppel/ Bigger Than Your Head