Viognier (French pronunciation: ​[viɔɲje]) is a white wine grape variety. It is the only permitted grape for the French wine Condrieu in the Rhône Valley. Outside of the Rhône, Viognier can also be found in Australia, Virginia, Washington, California, Texas, and Niagara, Ontario, Canada. In some wine regions, the variety is co-fermented with the red wine grape Syrah where it can contribute to the color and bouquet of the wine.Like Chardonnay, Viognier has the potential to produce full-bodied wines with a lush, soft character. In contrast to Chardonnay, the Viognier varietal has more natural aromatics that include notes of peach, pears, violets and minerality.
Posts about Viognier
    • Indie Wines – The Paso Garagiste Festival 2014

      Photo by Tom Lake I recently returned from two days at the Paso Garagiste Festival. This is the event’s fourth year, and it has grown leaps and bounds since I wrote about the inaugural event in 2011. That year, 44 wineries participated in a one-day event; now it is a four day event. This year 60 wineries alone poured on Saturday, November 8 at the Grand Tasting; another 19 wi ...

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    • 2014: Top Ten Wines Over $15

      What were some of my favorite wines of the past year? Welcome to my second Top Ten Wine List. Yesterday, I posted my Top Ten Wines Under $15, which I hope you enjoyed and found useful. Now it is time for my Top Ten Wines Over $15, though these wines also cost less than $50. In actuality, I have listed twelve wines, pairing three similar ones together from the same importer.

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    • Aussie native brings love for Riesling to Washington

      Wendy Stuckey, white winemaker for Chateau Ste. Michelle in Woodinville, Wash., pours a glass of Eroica Riesling. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) WOODINVILLE, Wash. – Were it not for two chance meetings, Wendy Stuckey might have happily spent her entire winemaking career in her native Australia and missed out on a great adventure.

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  • What do you mean “blended”?

    …, they should never have been blended. Wines are generally blended with others of the same colour although that isn’t always the case. Shiraz (a red grape) sometimes has a little bit of Viognier (a white) blended in during fermentation which, bizarrely enough, makes the wine darker. It also makes it more aromatic which is the reason Viognier is used…

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  • 2013 Thackrey La Pleiade

    …The second edition of the Thackrey populist White carries no vintage, but is merely called "II"... its similar in French theme and style to the first edition but appears to be predominantly Chardonnay and related varietals where the first wine was clearly a Viognier blend... that wine was like drinking perfume drizzled over rocks, an experience…

    Andrew Wells/ Wells On Wine- 2 readers -
  • December Hill Country Road Trip

    … For the conclusion of using our Texas Hill Country Wineries season pass, the last wine trail event was the 2014 Holiday Wine Trail. The trail would include the booklet for marking down the four full wine tastings per day like in the previous wine trail event, but the Holiday trail also included a Christmas ornament. We started the trip…

    Jeff Cope/ Texas Wine Lover- 5 readers -
  • Breaux Vineyards Cellar Club first pick up

    … the Cellar Club complimentary tasting, which consisted of 4 wines. While we tried those in our tasting, our shipment was boxed up. Two of the four wines, the Symphony and the Lineage v3, in the tasting were in our shipment. Breaux Vineyards' charming staff behind the tasting bar Our tasting started with an unusual white wine blend, the 2012 Reflection…

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  • My Top 5 Star Rated Wines for 2014

    … to experience this as well. These 5 Star wines that I tasted this year I think will do that for you. Please share these wines with family and friends. A great Christmas/holiday gift to give or receive. Below are my tasting notes from the year for these wines. Enjoy! My 5 Star Rated Wines White and Sparkling Wines Chateau Corton Grancey Grand Cru…

    MyWinePalin Cabernet Sauvignon Pinot Noir Syrah Chardonnay- 5 readers -
  • Daydreamer Wines releases Shiraz and Chardonnay

    … late 2008, he has been the buyer for Hemispheres Wine Guild, a Canadian club for wine collectors. Daydreamer is the culmination of a family winery dream that Rachel and Marcus share. The winery’s Merlot-based blend is named Amelia, for their daughter. Daydreamer launched with about 1,000 cases including Chardonnay and the two Syrahs, one co…

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  • Blenheim Vineyards

    …. This wine had seen some oak, but retained a crisp flavor with lots of fruit and a touch of butterscotch. We next tasted three red wines at Blenheim; a Merlot ($19), a Cabernet Franc ($20), and the Painted Red ($30). The Merlot was very approachable and tasted of blackberry and plum. We didn't care for the Cabernet Franc at all. It had a green…

    Wine About Virginiain Cabernet Franc Syrah- 3 readers -
  • Domaine Puech-Haut

    …, and on the palate quite full and textured with some acidity. Fills the mouth. 2013 Tête de Belier – 14.50€ 20% Viognier with 80% Grenache Blanc and a little Roussanne. Vinified 'à la bourguignonne,' in wood, with bâtonnagefor eight months. Quite golden. Quite oaky. Leesy oaky palate. Textured with a dry finish. Very Burgundian style so that the method masks any flavour of the grape varieties. Youthful and textured. 14˚. …

    Rosemary George/ Taste Languedoc- 4 readers -
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