People Make Wine in Idaho. I’ve Got Proof.

    I write this post sitting in a log cabin in the middle of the Sawtooth Mountains near Stanley, Idaho. I’ll be lighting a fire and, dreadfully, donning my winter jacket for the first time this season; tonight’s expected low: 23 degrees Fahrenheit. Summer concludes precisely — cruelly — on Labor Day out here.

    10 readers - By CHASING THE VINE

    Noble Ridge and friends: tasting Okanagan Falls wines

    Photo: Noble Ridge vineyards in the autumn The Okanagan Falls region has come into its in recent years for wine touring. The area got a major lift a few years when the wineries formed an association and when Blue Mountain, the area’s anchor tenant, began opening its tasting room regularly. I have wandered the region again during the spring and summer and visited most of the wineries.

    8 readers - By John Schreiner on wine

      Red Willow Vineyard: Hallowed ground in the Yakima Valley

      Great Northwest Wine - - 8 readers - Red Willow Vineyard’s most prominent feature is the small stone chapel that sits atop a steep hill overlooking the western Yakima Valley. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) WAPATO, Wash. – In just about every conceivable way, the 140 acres of wine grapes here at Red Willow Vineyard are hallowed ground. Here is where Washington’s first Syrah was planted.

      DeBarge Winery

      the drunken cyclist - - 7 readers - A few days before I left on my seven week odyssey (2 1/2 weeks in CA followed by 4 1/2 weeks leading bike trips in Europe) I got an email from a winery wondering if they could send me some samples of their wine to try. Not all that unusual.

      Underrated Spain: Meseta Central Wine Region

      Wine Folly - - 7 readers - In the land of Don Quixote, wine plays a very important role both economically and culturally. The Meseta Central, a.k.a. Central Plateau, produces nearly half of the wine in all of Spain. It’s also home to over a dozen top wine Spanish bodegas (wineries). Super Value! If you like wines with intensity and European personality, Spain has you covered.

      Dunnigan Hills AVA in California

      Wine Trail Traveler - - 7 readers - Vineyards in Dunnigan Hills AVA, California Dunnigan Hills AVA, located in Yolo County California is home to several vineyards including Matchbook, R H. Phillips Vineyard and Route 3. A variety of grapes can be discovered growing in this area including Chardonnay, Syrah/Shiraz, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Montepulciano, Petite Sirah and Tempranillo/Valdepenas.

    The latest about Viognier

      Airfield Estates 2012 Viognier, Yakima Valley, $15

      …Airfield Estates 2012 Viognier, Yakima Valley, $15 By Great Northwest Wine on September 20, 2014 Best Buy! The Miller family farmed this white Rhône variety at a bit more than 4 tons per acre off their Black Rock Vineyard site, and their work with 85% stainless steel fermentation presents this with a brighter acid profile than many you’ll find…

      3 readers - By Great Northwest Wine

      Stopping by North Gate Vineyard on a Saturday

      …After visiting Crushed Cellars, we decided to visit North Gate Vineyard. Carol wanted to taste the new 2013 Viognier. I had tasted it at a recent Trellis Club pick up, but she had not been able to attend. That empty space in front is reserved for hybrid cars Coming in the long driveway to the parking lot, we saw there were two commercial passenger…

      3 readers - By Wine About Virginia

      The Wines Of Uruguay (Part 2)

      … include 27% Chardonnay, 22% Sauvignon Blanc, 8% Sémillon, and 5% Viognier. In addition, you'll find minor plantings of grapes like Albarino, Petit Manseng, and Roussanne. These vines seem to show more of a French influence though the addition of Albarino clearly comes from Spanish immigrants. Maybe Uruguay should explore more Spanish and Italian white…

      3 readers - By The Passionate Foodie

      Garagiste North: The Small Guys Wine Festival

      … of petrol, their Viognier – 50% oak-aged with lees stirring, with crisp acidity, great mouthfeel and lovely ripe apricot flavours, and their elegant Pinot Noir, with lovely earthiness and flavours of cherry, raspberry and spice. Money Pit Wines does things a little differently that some of the other wineries. Owner/winemaker Scott Stefishen decided…

      3 readers - By vinesanddesigns

      Recapping Garagiste North 2014

      … very creative and tasty. There were more than a few Viogniers around and Pinot Noir was a popular choice among red varieties, perhaps because it’s a challenge to produce a great Pinot Noir. There were whites that were both dry and off-dry and more than a few rosés which were popular on this fine, sunny day. Some of the stand out wines for me…

      3 readers - By Wine Country BC

      Maryhill Winery 2013 Winemaker’s White, Columbia Valley, $12

      …Maryhill Winery 2013 Winemaker’s White, Columbia Valley, $12 By Great Northwest Wine on September 19, 2014 Best Buy! Maryhill winemaker Richard Batchelor puts his signature on the front of this everyday, food-friendly blend of Pinot Gris (45%), Semillon (39%), Sauvignon Blanc (12%) and Viognier. It’s a fruit-forward drink that opens with aromas…

      5 readers - By Great Northwest Wine

      The White Doe

      … blend of light and refreshing Chenin Blanc and Viognier. The wine is dedicated to the delicate, ethereal creature depicted in ancient folklore. You know the one…the White Doe. It represents a love “that could never be.” I sense some eye rolling. Stick with me. This wine is really good. The producers tell me it pays homage to the long-standing heritage…

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      Wine of the Week 18 – a white wine with a difference

      … of France. It is often blended with Marsanne and Viognier or Grenache Blanc and Grenache Gris. 2013 Domaine Sainte Rose ‘La Nuit Blanche’ Roussanne IGP Côtes de Thongue 100% Roussanne which is harvested at night, hence the name ‘the sleepless night’. Night harvesting retains the grape’s acidity and freshness and protects the grapes from enduring…

      5 readers - By Quentin Sadler's Wine Page

      Aia Vecchia and the International Maremma

      …, they grow Merlot and Viognier in addition to Sangiovese and Vermentino. . The preeminent figure in Pellegrini family history is Elio’s great-grandfather Ugo, who was known locally as Sor Ugo. Sor is local dialect for Sir, an honorific bestowed by popular acclaim because of his local importance, and now the name of the family’s top-of-the-line red wine…

      4 readers - By Tom's Wine Line

      COLOR: BC wine tasting at Canada Place, Sept 2014

      … to sample through the Fall releases from some of the best wineries in our little corner of the winemaking world; ripe Viognier, lip-smacking Sauvignon Blanc, elegant Chardonnay... the list goes on. And through it all I was welcomed with warm smiles (like Michael Bartier's). It was too short a time for such a dizzying array and by the end…

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      Noble Ridge and friends: tasting Okanagan Falls wines

      … aromas of peach, apricot and pear. The flavours are packed with stone fruit and pear, with a touch of anise on the finish. The texture is generous and the finish is refreshing. 91. Blasted Church Mixed Blessings 2013 ($18.50 for 605 cases). This delicious wine also is close to being sold out. It is a blend of Viognier (60%), Chardonnay Musqué (18…

      8 readers - By John Schreiner on wine

      The Kings of Charlottesville (Part 1 of 2)

      … been excited by Virginia whites, and especially Virginia’s Chardonnays that, to my palate, are frequently vastly superior to those over-ripe and oaky versions from California and generally have more in common with Chablis. And I’ll take the Chards over the vast majority of “Virginia’s signature grape,” Viognier, which are too often (although…

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      Château St. Preignan – or finding a bargain.

      …€ This was ripe and more rounded, having been picked ten days later. The vinification was the same, a simple process of harvesting early in the morning and cooling the grapes down for a cool fermentation. 2013 Viognier, Pays d’Oc – 2.70€ A hint plastic on the nose, but a lightly peachy palate. Medium weight. Good acidity and a touch of apricot…

      1 readers - By Taste Languedoc

      My Latest Wine Picks from the IVSA September 2014

      … and green flavours on the palate, with some jalapeno pepper taste later on. An elegant Sauvignon Blanc. Rating: Darioush Napa Valley Viognier 2013 Colli di Lapio Fiano di Avellino, Italy, 2011 (SPEC, $19.99) - Fiano is a white grape from Southern Italy, and Fiano di Avellino is a DOCG within the Campania region of Italy. I enjoyed the stone fruit…

      5 readers - By MyWinePal

      Wine of the Day September 17, 2014

      … wines as well, so don’t miss they, his latest Roussanne and Viognier are both wonderful especially, though if you want some a bit more serious then wines like his Condrieu and this Saint-Joseph L’ Amarybelle really do the trick. The 2011 L’ Amarybelle starts with violets, camphor, graphite and minerally dark fruits with hints of truffle and spice…

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