[Viognier] Wines of Valentin Bianchi
    The wine was a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and some Viognier. The very charming export manager Federico Nino was present to introduce the very rich, concentrated, and complex wines of Valentin Bianchi this week at the amazingly fantastic Chimichurri Grill East. When I lifted the glass of the first wine, it looked so much like Champagne with its golden color and tiny bead I was not sure what to expect. It smelled deliciously of brioche and hazelnut, like fine Champagne.
    [Viognier] Tasting the Estate Blend Wines of Murietta’s Well
    I had the occasion to try three wines: Murrieta’s Well The Whip White Wine Blend 2015 ($24) is a blend of five distinct varieties: including Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Chardonnay, Viognier, and Muscat. In 1800, Joaquin Murrieta discovered a well on the property now known as Murietta’s Well, and claimed the water was the best in the country.
  • A WINE STORY  |  THURSDAY, MAY 25, 2017
    [Viognier] Lunch with Claude Boudamani, General Manager of Chateau LaGrezette
    A counterpart to this masculine style of wine is the very feminine LaGrezette Le Pigeonnier Viognier 2014, a very aromatic white wine with its luscious scent of peach and vanilla, a fuller body with vibrant acidity despite the ripe fruit that can pair well with lobster and scallops. To enjoy with dessert was a late harvest Viognier that matched perfectly with chocolate. Fascinating lunch with M.
  • A WINE STORY  |  MONDAY, JULY 11, 2016
    [Viognier] Wine Reviews Week of July 4th
    This is a debut vintage with the blend consisting of Marsanne (45%) Viognier (45%) and Roussanne (10%). Curious what I’ve been drinking over the holiday week? Mercer Estate Wines. I have a strong liking for Washington State Wines so I was excited to receive these samples.
    [Viognier] Visiting Herdade dos Grous in Alentejo
    During the tasting, the barrel fermented white wine made from Viognier and local varieties could almost be mistaken for a Chassagne-Montrachet. What an interesting visit to Herdade dos Grous in Alentejo, Portugal. Our hosts for the afternoon of tasting and lunch was the handsome, articulate chief winemaker Luis Duarte and his very sharp, well-traveled assistant, winemaker Mafalda Vasques who I will see this week back in New York.
    [Viognier] Washington State Wine 101 Seminar
    Dr. Kevin Pogue, Professor in the Department of Geology at Whitman College in Walla Walla spoke about the terroir, while Anna Schafer (named "winemaker to watch" by Seattle magazine) of aMaurice Cellars spoke more about her family''s Viognier. What a treat to attend a great terroir centric seminar featuring four great presenters and fabulous representation of the quality of Washington State Wine.
    [Viognier] NYC Ritz-Carlton Central Park Phenomenal Femmes Dinner with Lynn Penner Ash
    You probably know the name - the winery is famous for their Pinot Noir, yet last night was the opportunity to taste some of the other wines as well (Riesling, Viognier) and learn more about Lynn and the winery while also supporting the Women’s Shelter at Crossroads Community Services at St. The viognier, very aromatic with a crisp texture, followed with the roasted chicken. Marika & Lynn.
    [Viognier] Stellenbosch Vineyard’s Wine & Food Pairing Dinner Comes to Vareli in NYC
    The Stellenbosch Heyden''s White Blend 2013 is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Verdelho, and Gewurztraminer, a very fresh, somewhat floral wine that paired well with the carrot and cherry salad. The fruit Sauvignon Blanc and Gewurtztraminer was fermented in stainless steel tanks while the chardonnay and viognier were fermented separately in second and third fill oak barrels and kept on primary fermentation lees for a year with battonage. Eduan Steynberg, MD Stellenbosch.
    [Viognier] Visiting Rideau Vineyards in Solvang #WBC2014
    Though her personal love is Rhone Varietals (especially Viognier, which is made here in two styles) Iris and her winemaker Adrienne St. As is the Viognier. "Welcome," says Iris Rideau, welcoming me into her gorgeous winery made from a house over 130 years old. Well dressed, self assured, and charismatic Iris had success in creating a number of businesses before turning her attention to winemaking.
  • A WINE STORY  |  MONDAY, JULY 7, 2014
    [Viognier] Visiting Lucas & Lewellen Tasting Room in Solvang
    The Viognier 2013 is INCREDIBLE, fragrant nose of delicious sweet white flowers and balanced fruit (grapefruit, tangerine, exotic tropical fruit such as passion fruit). I taste the late harvest Viognier. So here I am speaking with Michael Lewellen in his fun, quirky tasting room in Solvang near San Ynez.
  • SLAKED  |  SUNDAY, JANUARY 12, 2014
    [Viognier] 2012 Act 5 Viognier Alentejano Portugal
    Delightful viognier. Deep yellow. Full and viscous ripe floral notes. On the palate lingering matchstick (barrel fermented) honeysuckle, pineapple, and mellow apricot. Great packaging too. Also tasted 2011 Touriga Nacional Reserve. Deep rose color with subdued chalky aromas. On the palate: Stoney with tart raspberry, ripe citrus, dried herbal and lightly lavender notes. Super balance and lingering chalky finish. Paired perfectly with homemade pizzas! 2012 Portugal
    [Viognier] Tasting Notes Week of November 3, 2013
    Interesting Northern Rhone blend of Rousanne (5O), Viognier (30) and Petit Mansang and you can get a sense of terroir from the volcanic soil. Eccoci Blanco 2011. Flavorful wine with a deep gold color, chewy texture, and savory flavors like saffron, mushroom and East Indian spices. Crisp dry finish with a hint of bitter almonds. The medium tannins and excellent structure can stand up to cuisine such as salmon and chicken.
    [Viognier] Exploring La Peira en Damaisela in the Languedoc
    The 10 - 40 year old vines are planted with Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, Viognier, Roussanne, Cinsault, and Carignan. "You must be so lonely!" I say to Jeremie Depierre, the young vigneron of La Peira en Damaisela, technically located in the very hot and fashionable Terrasses du Larzac AOC. This vineyard, with a "barn" of a winery, is located between Grange des Peres and Daumas Gassac -- in fact, we visited this place after Daumas Gassac.
    [Viognier] A Visit to Mas de Daumas Gassac
    A white was produced in 1986 made from4 main grapes : Viognier, Chardonnay, Petit Manseng and Chenin Blanc with success and fame continuing to grow from there. This was one of the first estates I visited a few years back, when Samuel - the oldest son - was kind enough to give me a jeep ride around the red clay of the property, telling me its history and how the family came to acquire it.
    [Viognier] Castell De Raimat Albariño 2012
    The variety is becoming popular due to its balance between fresh, crunchy Riesling-like acid and mouth-filling texture akin to Viognier. Serving up a little white fish this week. Fresh ocean perch from the frying pan, covered with a little onion, parsley and loads of baby Bok-Choy. My job, as always, is the wine and with this light white fish I opened a Castell De Raimat Albariño 2012 (SRP $15).
    [Viognier] Dinner with Luis Duarte
    The 2011 Rubic White made from Viognier, Verdelho, and Antao Vaz is quite excellent, made from wine partly fermented in French oak barrels and aged for six months. Dinner with Luis Duarte . Why do you smile so much?” Luis Duarte’s mother often asked himas a child.
    [Viognier] Tasting with Terras d’Alter in Alentejo
    2011 Terra D’Alter Viognier. 2011 Riserva Viognier. 2011 Telhas Terra D’Alter Viognier. Terra D'Alter Assistant Winemaker Frederico Rosa Santos. "I I remember you!" says Nuno Franco, General Manager of Terra d'Alter in the chilly air outside the Alentejo Wine Route office. It's a chilly night in Alentejo, and even though I've been here only six hours I'm charmed by the city of Evora which is surrounded by ancient walls.
  • A WINE STORY  |  SUNDAY, MARCH 10, 2013
    [Viognier] Exploring the Rhone Valley #DVR2013
    The whites are a blend of Clairette, Grenache Blanc, Bourboulenc, and others, including blends of Viognier, Marsanne, and Roussane. In the Southern Rhone. Does the concept of G-night sound rather suggestive? Here in Avignon during #DVR2013 "G" stands for Grenache, and tonight I am going to a party where I am sure to see wine loving friends from all around the world.
  • DR. VINO  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 25, 2013
    [Viognier] Winery attempts to pull wines from NRA wine club
    A smattering of selections follows after the jump: 2010 Terlato & Chapoutier Victoria, Western Victoria, Australia Shiraz/Viognier. A wine club whose profits benefit the NRA has triggered outrage: Yalumba of South Australia has requested their wines removed from the club’s wine shop.
    [Viognier] Year In Review
    Three new favorites added to my white wine list were, Grüner Veltliner from Austria, Verdejo, the native grape of Rueda in North-west Spain and Virginia's Viognier. I've been doing these Years in Reviews for a few years now and came close to just forgetting or not really wanting to this year. When I first sat down to start the article, I said to myself, " ya know, there really isn't that much to review for 2012." Seemed logical that I not write a review of the year.
    [Viognier] A Red and White from Jefferson Vinyards
    I was already sold on Virginia Viognier(vee-own-YAY) from past visits, so this time I wanted to bring home a few red wines. Not because the Cab Franc, but in October, Shirley and I fell in love with the Jefferson Vineyards' Viognier. I paired the salmon with a 2009 Jefferson Viognier. On the wine menu was a 2009 Jefferson Vineyards Viognier, which was a mis-print, because they were serving the 2011 vintage at a very nicely priced $ 34. Cabernet Franc Virginia viognie
    [Viognier] Christmas Shopping On Cayuga Lake Wine Trail
    Among them was a Viognier from Goose Watch Winery. Last weekend Shirley, Pam and I spent the day traveling the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail while participating in their annual Holiday Shopping Spree , taking home a souvenir wineglass, a grapevine wreath, a collectible Cayuga Wine Trail ornament from each winery, plus holiday recipes. The tour also allowed us to complete much of our Christmas gift shopping in the wineries' gift shops.
    [Viognier] Tasting wild Horse Vineyards Wine with Director of Winemaking Clay Brock
    Wild Horse Viognier, Central Coast. What fun having dinner (and wine!) at NYT's Bottino restaurant with Wild Horse Vineyard's Director of Winemaking Clay Brock, who has been making wine at Wild Horse since 2008. The winery was named for the wild mustangs that roamed the hills east of the vineyard site. Descendents of the first Spanish horses brought to California, the horses suggest a free, noble spirit.
    [Viognier] Eden Road Hilltops Shiraz 2010
    Sourced from a single vineyard (Kingsvale) in the Australian Hilltops wine region northwest of Canberra, Eden Road Hilltops Shiraz (actually there is a tiny 1% Viognier blended in) is open-fermented for 2 weeks before 16 months aging in French oak barriques.
  • A WINE STORY  |  THURSDAY, MAY 3, 2012
    [Viognier] Visiting Gimenez Mendez in Uruguay
    Viognier 2011. Viognier 2012. The family has had the winery since not 1940 -- yet it was only in 1991 that Maria Mendez Parodi and her husband bought this winery. The wines as you will see below are of exceptional quality and well balanced, which is a good thing as Maria had served as the president of wines of Uruguay for four years. Sauvignon Blanc 2011. Straw colored, strong mineral nose, high acidity, minerality, very rich on the palate with complex flavors. 87 points.
    [Viognier] Deicas Familia Vineyards in Uruguay
    Pueblo de Sol Viognier 2011. Good terroir for growing Viognier. Fabulous visit today to Familia Deicas winery today, home of some of the best Bordeaux style wines in the world. President Fernando Deicas (his prized car above) and his son Santiago Deicas showed me around along with different enologists. It is a giant winery with many different buildings, including an old brick building that was a dairy a hundred years ago.
  • A WINE STORY  |  TUESDAY, MAY 1, 2012
    [Viognier] Taste of Luxury: Bodega Garzon in Uruguay
    Viognier 2011. Have you ever dreamed of becoming a multi-millionaire? If so, would you use your money to buy a forest and plant a vineyard, and also plant olive trees to make the best possible gourmet olive oil? and what about a golf course? Or a high tech, state of the art winery designed to blend seamlessly into the environment? Uruguay is full of surprises, and today experienced the ultimate in luxury with a visit to Bodega Garzon.
  • A WINE STORY  |  TUESDAY, MAY 1, 2012
    [Viognier] Exploring the Wines of Castillo Viejo
    Viognier 2011. "Welcome!" says attractive dark haired Federico Domingo, Export Manager for Bodegas Castillo Viejo as we squeeze into his tiny car. He is here to escort us to the winery and introduce us to the winemaker Alexander Etcheverry and his wines. It is a quaint vineyard and after a tour of the ferementation vessels we have our tasting in the cellar, surrounded by oak barrels. Alexander joins his. as well as a member of the Castillo Viejo family.
  • A WINE STORY  |  TUESDAY, MAY 1, 2012
    [Viognier] Exploring the Wines of Dante Irurtia in Uruguay
    Second, they are unusual -- when people think of Uruguay they do not often think of Viognier or Gewurztraminer. Viognier 2011 Km.O. A naked viognier. "What exciting wines!" is my first reaction to meeting Marcelo Irurtia, who is in charge of vineyard management for his family's 100 year old winery, and Maria Silvia Bianchi, who is in charge of exportation.
  • A WINE STORY  |  MONDAY, APRIL 30, 2012
    [Viognier] Tasting the Wines of Varela Zarranz in Uruguay
    Brut Natural Chardonnay Viognier 50/50. Crisp and refreshing wine … some interesting aromatics from viognier. "This is an incredible park!" I couldn't help but exclaim as Victoria Varela, the fourth generation of her family who is also in charge of the export market, shows me around her Varela Zarranz estate.
    [Viognier] Bodega DiamAndes Comes to New York
    The 2010 Viognier is also barrel fermented in 100% French oak (40% new) and very rich and luxurious with ripe apricot and peach flavors and a long finish. "Welcome," says Antoine Blech of Opia restaurant in Manhattan, welcoming Jean-Jacques Bonnie of Bodega DiamAndes and his contingent.
    [Viognier] Visiting Producers of the Hermanus Wine Route in South Africa
    At their winery the host what seems to be lovely wine pairing events with hors d’oeurves and produce several varieties of wine: Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Chardonnay, Semillon, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon/Petit Verdot, Syrah and Grenache. So my last visit in South Africa was with five producers located in the Hermanus Wine Route, also known as the Hemel en Aarde Valley, close to the sea.
    [Viognier] Visiting La Motte Estate in South Africa
    You will find all your favorite varietals here, with the La Motte Pierneef Sauvignon Blanc (Organically Grown), Pierneef Shiraz Viognier, and Shiraz-Grenache special favorites due to their complexity, intensity of flavor, concentration of fruit, finesse, elegance, and balance. If you’ve been reading headlines in glossy food, wine, and travel magazines around the world, you’ve heard that South Africa is now the coolest wine tourism spot in the world.
    [Viognier] Visiting Thelema Mountain Vineyards in South Africa
    The Sutherland 09 Viognier/Roussanne is a very aromatic wine with an aroma of saffron and east Indian spices. Ginny, a friendly dog with a rhythmically wagging tale, greets us as we enter the sleek glass doors of the Thelema winery situated on the top of the Helshoogte Pass about six kilometers outside of Stellenbosch.
    [Viognier] Visiting Glen Carlou & Backsberg
    At Backsberg you will find wines in various quality levels, with whites including Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, and sparklers as well including Viognier. Arco Laamar & Harry Haddon (checked shirt). Two wineries being neighborly!”. Glen Carlou and Backsberg are neighboring wineries in Paarl who kindly hosted me for a tasting of both wines, then lunch at Backsberg’s lovely al fresco restaurant.
    [Viognier] Te Awa Single Estate Wines of New Zealand
    The 2009 Syrah (99% Syrah, 1% Viognier) is selected from old vines, hand picked, de-stemmed, and tipped directly into a five tonne open top vat. I recently tried new signle estate wines from TeAwa from New Zealand, which just joined Cognanc One's National portfolio. New Zealand is usually associated with Sauvignon Blanc, especially in the minds of American consumers, so it was refreshing to try the different styles and varietals.
    [Viognier] Tasting Bodega DiamAndes in NYC!
    It is planted with a majority of Malbec and some Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Petit Verdot as well as Chardonnay and Viognier that will be used for futurewines. I liked the Chardonnay and Viognier as well, with the Viognier being a style similiar to what one might find in the Southern Rhone, rich and ripe with restrained fruit. Do you recall the California gold rush from your fourth grade history class?
    [Viognier] Visiting Philippe Kuhn in Pfalz
    The winery has twenty hectares planted with Riesling and other international varieties such as Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, and Gewurztraminer. I am SO EXCITED to be visiting Philipp Kuhn in Pfalz this week! It will be my first time to Pfalz,and Kuhn is one of the key producers of Pinot Noir, along with other international red varieties such as Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, St. Laurent, and "early Burgundy" -- I suppose I will find out what that means soon!
  • A WINE STORY  |  SATURDAY, JULY 16, 2011
    [Viognier] Tasting notes week of July 14, 2011
    2009 Galil Mountain Winery Viognier. News 2009 Galil Mountain Winery Viognier 2010 Macari Sauvignon Blanc "Katherine's Field This week, two stunning white wines that are very different from one another in style, yet can pair well with sauteed scallops or other white fish dishes. They both have a mineral nature with medium plus acidity that pairs well with so many styles of cuisine, and are delicious on their own on a warm summer day. 2010 Macari Sauvignon Blanc "Katherine's Field".
  • A WINE STORY  |  TUESDAY, JUNE 14, 2011
    [Viognier] Wines of Chile
    And yes, I did taste the off-beat Viognier-Chard combo, yet for the most part, producers stuck to the classics. Wow i had such a great educational experience at the Wines of Chile event today. Though Chilean reds are totally fab, I wanted to focus on whites today. And 'focus' is a key word at these tastings.
  • A WINE STORY  |  TUESDAY, MAY 10, 2011
    [Viognier] Gerard Bertrand Portfolio Tasting: Premium Languedoc Rousillon Producer Now in U.S. Market
    Herb roased fillet of Atlantic Halibut was paired with three Bertrand wines: Viognier, Reserve Speciale 2010 Cigalus White, Pays D'Oc 2009, and Aigle Royal, Limoux, AOP 2009. I liked all three of these wines: the Viognier was incredible, fresh and perfumed with peach/apricot, and very very light. The Cigalus (mostly Chardonnay with some Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier) was light and refreshing, and the 100% Chardonnay Aigle Royal from Limoux was full bodied, rich, yet lifted.
  • A WINE STORY  |  MONDAY, MAY 9, 2011
    [Viognier] The New “Vidal-Fleury” Revolution …
    This is a tiny town in the Northern Rhone, famous for its red wine made from Syrah and white from Viognier. Today I had the chance to taste many wines, including the 2009 and 2007 Cotes du Rhone white (made from mostly viognier) selling for $14 that is incredibly fresh and delicious, with racy apricot on the palate and a long finish. Imagine yourself in Ampuis in 1781. Joseph Vidal-Fleury, the founder of Vidal Fleury, was an important grower and negotiant.
  • A WINE STORY  |  FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 2011
    [Viognier] “Find Your Mojo” Hospices du Rhone 2011 #HdR2011
    Bedrock Wines 2009 Hudson T Block Syrah - 35% whole cluster (foot trod) with viognier. Bedrock Wines 2008 Hudson Vineyard Syrah 8% Viognier New Puncheons - lifted nose of ripe blue fruit with slight vanilla overtones, extremely elegant. Talk about a cool seminar! Find your Mojo" at Hospices du Rhone 2011 in Paso Robles opens with "L.A. Woman" blasting from the speakers.
  • A WINE STORY  |  FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 2011
    [Viognier] Hospice du Rhone 2011 Panel lead by Christophe Tassan
    He brought a Viognier Chateau de Nages 2009 from Costieres de Nimes (Nortre Pais Blanc) which is delicious -- extremely well balanced, with racy acidity, a long finish, and flavors of ripe fresh apricot and peach on the nose and palate. HdR2011 is kicking off with a bang with the first panel, which is moderated by Christophe Tassan, sommelier at MIX in Las Vegas. The room is full of Rhone wine fans from around the world! The French wine makers on the panel are very excited as well.
  • A WINE STORY  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 22, 2011
    [Viognier] La Follette Wines: A Seminar
    My favorite wines with both scallop dishes were the 2007 Tandem Sangriacomo Vineyard Chardonnay and the 2009 Torbreck Roussanne/Marsanne/Viognier. and runners up the 2001 Torbreck RunRig Shiraz (3% Viognier) and the 2001 and 2006 Torbreck The Struie Shiraz. Greg La Follette of La Follette Wines.
  • A WINE STORY  |  FRIDAY, MARCH 4, 2011
    [Viognier] Discover Rhone Days 2, Day 3, Day 4
    After a day of Viognier, some of it quite aged at the Ampuis Masterr Class. So far the Discover Rhone festivities have been a non-stop adventure of Master Classes, tastings, fabulous lunches and dinners, and evening events and parties. The 'easiest'' day wast he first, as there was only one fair. That night, we were invited to the Chapoutier party in the cellar where we experienced incredible library wines and met a lot of trade, just a few based in New York. The second day was Hermitage.
    [Viognier] Discover Rhone Part 1
    Also, a vertical tasting of both viognier and syrah with the ten year old wines holding up fabulously. So here I am in Ampuis at the "Discover Rhone" festival that happens only every two years. The wines this first day are from Cote-Rotie and Condrieu. It is in one venue and all the producers you expect to be here are. I knew I would see people from Manhattan, and run into fellow wine media guild member Morton Hochstein.
    [Viognier] Martin Codax Albariño 2008
    Something in between a Pinot Grigio and a Viognier that will pair well with seafood, fowl, oriental or just enjoying on it's own. I have been going over some notes I have taken about some of the wines I tried over the past month, figuring I may get time before Christmas to post my review. It has been a very busy month. Between shopping, the job, my now required exercise regiment and 70+ inches of snow, time to research and post articles has been limited.
    [Viognier] Libation in Lisbon
    Rhone, and presents us with tastes of several wines made from Viognier, Marsanne, and Rousanne. … so when you think of Portugal, you probably think of Port, yes? And it’s true, Port has been the signature drink of the country for decades. Yet in the last twenty years, still (and sparkling) wine from Lisbon has taken center stage. Recently I accompanied several other wine educators to Lisbon to learn more about the region and the wine.
    [Viognier] Fontana Candida Frascati Superiore 2008
    Getting time to clean out the old wine fridge. After two months of laying around, drinking coffee, tea, water and gatorade and laying off the good stuff I am beginning to feel the need for a long day of wine shopping, but the fridge is full and I will just have to do my part in making room for more. Shirley keeps doing her part by challenging me to come up with a pairing for some of her weird dinner experiments.
    [Viognier] Stoney Lonesome Estates, Reserve White Merlot 2008
    I love it when Shirley decides to experiment in the kitchen. It either means we end up going out to dinner or I am in for a special treat. I don't always know where she gets her inspiration and last night I did not see any of her cookbooks on the counter, so that means she thought about this recipe while trimming her herb garden. What I do know is that she cooked skinless chicken breast in apple juice with oyster mushrooms, slices of gala apples and diced mint fresh from the garden.
    [Viognier] Treleaven Wines Meritage 2007
    I don't often go with Shirley and Pam to the Saturday morning Central New York Regional Farmer's Market, but I made an exception today. I was also out of bed early enough to tag along, which is unusual. While there I let the girls buy up all the fruit and veggies along with some free range meat and eggs they wanted while I hunted around for some wine samples. I did stop at one and tasted their 2007 Meritage.
    [Viognier] Boho Vineyards Old Vine Zinfandel 2008 3L
    I've been holding out on the wine reviews until everything gets back to normal after my surgery. At present, my Cardiologist has OK'd 3-4 oz. of wine per day and, for me, that just don't cut it. I do cheat a bit and I also skip some evenings. That means an open bottle may sit for over a week and the final few glasses may be a bit bitter or that much of what was a decent wine when opened gets thrown down the drain. That is what happened with the first bottles I opened.
  • A WINE STORY  |  TUESDAY, JULY 20, 2010
    [Viognier] Tasting Sauvignon Blanc for Summer
    Second, this wine is a blend including 14% of Semillon (a richer grape) and 2% Viognier. “I want a wine that tastes like summer,” the chic woman tells the clerk at an upscale wine store. Something that pairs well with grilled skewers of fresh shrimp and swordfish. What do you recommend?” If you were the clerk, what would you advise? A briny Muscadet? A buttery Chardonnay? Perhaps an exotic Albarino from Rias Baixas in Spain?
  • A WINE STORY  |  SATURDAY, JULY 17, 2010
    [Viognier] Tasting Notes: Delicious New Wines from Arancio
    It is called Dalia and it is a 2008 blend from Feudo Arancio of 80% Grillo and 20% Viognier from Sicily. The wine is aromatic with tropical notes of mango along with the white flowers of viognier, with a welcome bitter finish. Both are delicious, yet since I am not a white wine person by inclination, I have to admit I became very excited about the Dalila Grillo-Viognier blend. Grillo is a white grape from Sicily that red wine drinkers would love!
    [Viognier] Cline Viognier 2007 California
    Summer fruits, like ripe peaches, juicy pineapple and honeysuckle all contribute to the nose on this white wine made with the delicate Viognier grape. Floral notes dominate the palate and finish with a refreshing kind of ginger ale sparkle. I can recommend pairing this with a spicy Thai dish, shrimp or even lobster, and a bottle retails for about $16
    [Viognier] More Andrea Calek: A day in the Ardeche
    We walked through them as he disparaged a parcel of merlot soon to be grafted over to viognier. Calek has vagabondism in his blood. He came to France as runaway from the Czech army in the late 80's. He wanted to stay but his mother reported him as a bum, and he had to go back east. Thanks mom. When he did return, he found wine.
    [Viognier] Silver Birch Sauvignon Blanc 2009 3L
    Last March I posted a press release on a new collection of artisan wines in an innovative attractive new package. An international wine collection with six brands and ten items packaged in a new exciting premium 3L wine cask from the Octavin Home Wine Bar ™. I have since tasted a Monthaven Chardonnay (California) and this past week the Silver Birch Sauvignon Blanc (New Zealand). The Chardonnay was not impressive. Light and fruity with little oak was not what I expected from a CA Chard.
  • WHY WINE BLOG  |  MONDAY, MAY 24, 2010
    [Viognier] Chateau Lafayette Reneau dry and semidry Riesling 2008
    With May and New York Riesling month coming to close soon, it is safe to say that I tasted more Riesling this month than any one year in my life. The hard part was deciding which ones I would post on the blog. After this article I will post once more on a NY Riesling and may list all those I have had. I also chose a few, either drier or sweeter Rieslings, that were previously reviewed.
    [Viognier] Lunch with Doña Paula
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  • WHY WINE BLOG  |  TUESDAY, MAY 18, 2010
    [Viognier] Long Point Winery semi-dry Riesling 2008
    This past Monday evening was a first for me on-line. Because of my work schedule and Shirley's extra long 'honey-do' list I never have the chance to do a tweet up on Twitter or follow a wine party on Facebook. During the month of May at 8 pm on Mondays anyone can open a bottle of Riesling from any Finger Lakes winery and join in on Facebook or Twitter to chat about what wine you are having for the evening.
  • DR. VINO  |  TUESDAY, MAY 18, 2010
    [Viognier] Which white wine would convert a fan of reds?
    In which case, there are white Rhone varieties such as viognier, marsanne, roussanne that might fit the bill. Ray Isle posts an interesting question on his Facebook page. Since Facebook as all the appeal of a leper with cooties these days thanks to their recent privacy decision, why not bring it up here as well? Here’s his question: “if you want to convert a red wine drinker to drinking white, what do you think is the best white wine out there for the job?&#.
  • WHY WINE BLOG  |  SUNDAY, MAY 16, 2010
    [Viognier] Zugibe semi-dry Riesling 2008
    This past weeks edition of the Syracuse New Times, a weekly alternative newspaper published in Syracuse, New York, contained an interesting article on Finger Lakes Riesling. Titled 'Grape Expectations,' the article promoted Riesling month in the Finger Lakes and interviewed the proprietor (Gary Decker) of one of my favorite wine shops (Vinomania) in Syracuse. Gary noted four wineries, one of which I vaguely remember from an article written by Evan Dawson for the New York Cork Report.
  • WHY WINE BLOG  |  SUNDAY, MAY 9, 2010
    [Viognier] Brotherhood Dry Riesling 2008
    To continue Riesling month here in New York, I wanted to find something other than my favorites from the Finger Lakes region. Doing so seemed almost impossible. Other than ordering on line, it is very difficult to find New York wines other than Finger Lakes and Adirondack wineries in the local shops. Thankfully, my son was able to obtain some from the Hudson Valley through one of the distributors he uses for his lounge.
  • WHY WINE BLOG  |  MONDAY, MAY 3, 2010
    [Viognier] Red Tail Ridge semi-dry Riesling 2008
    Just finished watching the movie "Avatar" while sipping on my first Riesling of the summer. A Finger Lakes Riesling of course. This month is Riesling month in New York and this will be the first of many I'll enjoy over the next 30 days. The 2008 Red Tail Ridge semi-dry Riesling was suggested by my sister-in-law. Now Cyn has always favored a Riesling from another State, which I won't mention, until just recently. This is now one of her favorites.
    [Viognier] Conconnan Conservancy Peite Sirah 2007
    Recently, the wife and I have been discussing a possible trip to California next year. A few of the issues are for how long and where. Of course my choice would be Napa Valley, Sonoma Valley or Russian River Valley, the home of some of the best wines in the world. Oh, I'm sorry, did I leave out Paso Robles, Lodi, Central Coast or Livermore Valley. Maybe we should wait until we can spend a couple of months and visit them all.
  • WHY WINE BLOG  |  SUNDAY, MARCH 28, 2010
    [Viognier] Rancho Zabaco Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel Reserve 2004
    I'm leaving Chile(till later) and heading over to California to try a few more Zin's. I'm starting to surprise myself with what I am finding with Zinfandel and also a bit disappointed that I wasted so many years with such a limited selection or narrow palate. It shows what can happen to one's palate when staying with one type or varietal over a very long period of time without giving other varietals a chance.
    [Viognier] Concha y Toro Casillero del Diablo Carmenere 2008
    This is the third of the Carmenere wines I tasted this month. As I stated in my previous two articles, Carmenere is one of the wines I've pushed aside in the past, but have placed on a list to re-examine in 2010. The first two left me with mixed feelings about the wine. The Arboleda 2006 was more full bodied with lots of earth, green pepper and tobacco. It lacked any fruit with the exception of some black current or some black raspberry in the mouth.
    [Viognier] And the final day.
    Then he went on to tell us about a viognier he made where the night temperature in growing season never goes below 70. I was ultimately in the area to be part of a round table on wine homogenization. On the panel was a man often called the Michel Rolland of Spain. When our moderator, an adorable Cristina Alcala asked us, Ignacio as well as Cesar Cubillas, a rather simpatico wine importer, what are the components of great wine, Ignacio said, "Land is the least important."
    [Viognier] Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Carmenere 2007
    It's been a few years since I tasted Carmenere. If I remember right, it was a take it or leave it, nothing special, too many other fine wines, don't shop for wine. My last review confirmed that feeling, but in a very serious attempt to expand a lazy palate I purchased a few different labels to compare. The first was disappointing. Not that the wine was god awful bad, but it was not was I expected from what I was reading about Carmenere. It lacked the dark fruit and the balance.
    [Viognier] A Commercial Break: Whole Foods and Australia
    From an organically grown Chardonnay and a spritzy, bright, aromatic Verdelho-Viognier blend to a dark chocolate cherry Pinot Noir and the continent's best Cabernet Sauvignon, we will have styles for everyone.' + So, I wrote a letter. I received a press release yesterday from Whole Foods about a promotion they're doing with Australia.
    [Viognier] Arboleda Carmenère 2006
    Wish I had a nice Canadian wine tonight so I could toast the Canadian Olympic Hockey Team on their winning of the Gold medal. I am not an avid hockey fan, but I do watch occasionally and tonight enjoyed one of the best ever games. Instead, I uncorked an Arboleda Carmenère 2006 from the Colchagua Valley of Chile.
    [Viognier] Bogle Winery Petite Syrah 2007
    Think my taste buds are back. I've been having a few problems with red wines since finishing some prescribed meds a few weeks ago. No matter what was tried I was getting a very musty taste. I opened a few old reliables thinking there must have been some bad bottles in the rack, but they turned out to be the same. Thankfully, all is now well and I have been really enjoying the last few days getting re-united with my favorite beverage.
    [Viognier] Review of Events at Symposium for Professional Wine Writers 2010 at Meadowood
    Lobsters and Viognier were the theme of the day in the next presentation by John Ash, Chef, Author, and Instructor at the CIA and Antonia Allegra, founder of the Wine Symposium and creative writing expert, gave a talk on writing about food and wine pairing. so on my previous post I mentioned I have been coming here for years to catch up with fellow professionals throughout the world.
    [Viognier] Why Wine: Cline Cellars: Giving Back with Cashmere 2008
    One of the great things about social networking is that you often get in contact with friends and classmates from a time when all was great, life was fun and we were all going to live forever. Well, all was great, life was fun, but the reality of living forever soon wears off as some of those friends and classmates and those we meet in our adult life begin to pass on. I was reminded of just that this past week as I chatted with an old friend and High School classmate from the mid-60's.
    [Viognier] Why Wine: Atwater Estate Vineyards Cabernet-Merlot 2007
    Sometimes when you least expect it, you open what may becomes your new favorite bottle of wine. Tonight I opened one of my remaining bottles of Finger Lakes wine purchased at my last tour in December. An Atwater Estate Vineyards , Cabernet-Merlot 2007. A blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon and 47% Merlot. ($25) 25) The aromas were of plum and a hint of licorice, almost like a holiday fruit cake, without the spices.
    [Viognier] Why Wine: Lakewood Vineyards Riesling 2007
    Big break in weather today here in Central New York. Temperatures will reach about 30F. Must be the annual January thaw! To celebrate I figured to open one of my usually reserved for warm weather whites. My choice is one that was recently purchased at Lakewood Vineyards on Seneca Lake at the December 'Deck the Halls" event. A 2007 Riesling. I really liked the zesty aromas of citrus and melon with some peach.
    [Viognier] Why Wine: Bonterra Vineyards Zinfandel 2007
    Somewhere among my 50 New Year's resolutions (99.9% failure rate) was to leave my wine comfort zone more often as I continue to expand my trapped palate. To do so, I will have to taste, I mean drink, more wines that I never tried or wines I just never liked. So, to start off the new year I opened one of my least favorite wines, Zinfandel. Zin is one wine that over the years I tried earnestly to enjoy. It just never happened.
    [Viognier] Why Wine: Year in Review
    Gewurztraminer, Viognier, Cayuga White, Rieslings and Sauvignon Blanc 4. Best White: Many good Finger Lakes Riesling's and Gewurzt's, but best white tied between a CA Chardonnay from Clos du Bois the Calcaire and the Michael Shaps 2006 Viognier from the King Family Vineyards in Virginia. What an exciting year this has been for Why Wine Blog and for me personally in my quest to further my knowledge of wine.
    [Viognier] Why Wine: Joeshico Wine Review; Atwater Estate Vineyards Syrah 2007
    Syrah has always been one to those wines I could take or leave it. Almost all that I had ever tasted were the Shiraz from Australia. While visiting Damiani Wine Cellars on Seneca Lake this past spring I tasted an excellent Syrah and I was sold. From that day on I was a fan. I found that the Syrah's produced here in the US were smoother and not as bold as the full bodied Shiraz I had become accustomed to. Then again maybe I just have to taste a few more and that's not a bad thing now, is it?
    [Viognier] Why Wine: Joeshico Wine Review; Fulkerson Winery Dornfelder 2007
    This has been one fantastic year of enlightenment for me when it comes to all things wine. Believe I may do a year end article on the subject. If I do, I will have to include the German grape, Dornfelder as one of the highlights. Dornfelder is a cross between Helfensteiner and Heroldrebe grapes. It is the 3rd most planted red wine grape in Germany. In the Finger Lakes region it is very scarce, only two wineries grow Dornfelder and Fulkerson Winery is the only varietal wine producer.
    [Viognier] 2006 Grammercy Cellars Syrah Columbia Valley
    Co-fermented with 3% viognier in open top containers then "lightly pressed" to barrels and aged for 15 months, this is deeply colored, dark but not purple, and very continental in style, elegant and poised in the mouth, without any of the fat I find sometimes in California syrahs. The viognier is very expressive on the nose and the overall impression is of a Northern Rhone styled wine.
    [Viognier] Joeshico Wine Review: Agent For Change Zinfandel 2006
    ** Disclaimer: I received these wines from Martellotto Wine s One of the benefits of writing a wine blog is the occasional UPS delivery of wine to taste and review on the blog. Because I am not a wine critic, but write a more or less personnel blog and only post what I find in wines that I like, I am surprised, but feel honored that I was chosen to write my opinion on their wines.
    [Viognier] Why Wine: Joeshico Wine Review; Lamoreaux Landing Dry Riesling, 2008
    Can't seem to find a Finger Lakes Riesling I don't like. Thanks to my son, this past weekend I opened a dry Riesling from Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars located in Lodi, NY, on the east side of Seneca Lake and my first stop on the annual " Deck the Halls " event on Dec. I have to say his timing was impeccable. The food we were enjoying was a hodge-podge of different selections off the bar menu.
    [Viognier] Why Wine: Joeshico Wine Review; Banfi Chianti Classico Reserve 2005
    Tonight I added another favorite place to eat in Syracuse, Joey's Italian Restaurant. Shirley and I have been dining here for the last 10 years and it seems that the food just keeps getting better and better. Best of all is the fabulous and always changing wine list. The best wines always remain, while others are always changed out in order to keep the list fresh. The only downside is the lack of New York wines on the list and no NY reds.
    [Viognier] Why Wine: Joeshico Wine Review; Fox Run Vineyards Reserve Riesling 2008
    Sometime near the end of the year, I would like to post all that I have learned and the wines that I have come to enjoy over the past two years. From a European reds only wine drinker who could not tolerate most white wines or any wines over 0% RS, to be even drinking the many wines I am now, I think I have come a long way. Much of this change or palate expansion, if there is such a term, is directly related to the wines from the Finger Lakes region on New York.
    [Viognier] Why Wine: Joeshico Wine Review; Billsboro Winery, Sauvignon Blanc 2008
    I think it gets a little scary when you choose a not so good wine for three consecutive nights. When the fourth night comes and you just get home from work and you are looking for a nice wine just to sip, watch a little TV and catch up on a little blog work, you check every bottle in the wine fridge and just can't decide for fear of failing again. That happened this week. But, halllelujah, tonight was a bit more successful.
    [Viognier] Why Wine: Joeshico Wine Review; Glenora Wine Cellars Gewurztraminer 2007
    Every Friday and Saturday after work, a few friends and I visit our favorite lounge for some great food off the bar menu and to down a few glasses(maybe more than a few) of wine. Of course, the lounge is owned by my son and his fiance and has become our regular hang out since opening one year ago. Since opening, I have been trying to get him to put some New York wines on the wine list. Finally, he has listened to his dad.
    [Viognier] Why Wine: Joeshico Wine Review; Candoni Chianti DOCG 2007
    About two years ago I found a special deal on a gift pack of two wines from Candoni Wines. The gift pack wasn't what sold Shirley and I on the purchase, it was the label. The gift pack included a bottle of Merlot and a bottle of Pinot Grigio, of which we opened at a dinner dance held during my annual military reunion. Both wines were well liked by all of us at our table. Since then I have found the wines sold separately at various wine shops and recently, we found their Chianti. First, the label.
    [Viognier] Why Wine: Joeshico Wine Review; Row House Cellars White Table Wine NV
    Alright, here's my dilemma or at least one of them. Tonight Shirley and daughter Pam are making 'halupkies' for dinner. Halupkies are also known as stuffed cabbage or as we called them in our house as kids growing up in the Pennsylvania coal region, 'blind pigeons.' Typically made with ground beef or pork or both, rice and a bunch of herbs and spices or whatever (I'm not much in the kitchen), rolled in boiled cabbage leaves and baked with a tomato sauce on top (usually tomato soup).
    [Viognier] Why Wine: Joeshico Wine Review; Ravines Wine Cellars Cabernet Franc 2007
    There comes a time when you believe that a certain wine just can't get any better. I hope I never get to that point in my lifetime. I don't hide the fact that in the past two years I have fallen in love with wines from the Finger Lakes region of New York. I have my favorite Finger Lakes wineries and my favorite Finger Lakes wines. It seems that many times I taste a new wine and just have to add it to a long growing list of favorites. Such is the case today!
    [Viognier] Why Wine: Joeshico Wine Review; Michael Shaps Viognier 2006
    Tonight I opened up the second bottle and had maybe the best white wine find of this summer, a 2006 Michael Shaps Viognier from the King Family Vineyards. This was more light bodied than other Viogniers I had. This Viognier went OK with a meal of pork hot dogs(a little spicey), fresh corn on the cob and turnip greens(not my choice). Tags: white wine Virginia viognier
  • DR. VINO  |  FRIDAY, JUNE 12, 2009
    [Viognier] A historic tasting Down Under - Bin 60A, Grange, Hill of Grace
    Of the remaining wines (see the full list here ), I wanted to particularly highlight the 2001 Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier. Hailing from vineyards around the national capital of Canberra (and some joked that it’s the best thing to ever come out of Canberra), the wine is a beautiful blend of Shiraz with a touch of viognier. In this case it was about seven percent Viognier cofermented with Shiraz but that has been declining in recent vintages.
  • DR. VINO  |  MONDAY, JUNE 8, 2009
    [Viognier] 249 bottles of wine on the wall
    2006 Clonakilla Shiraz/Viognier, Canberra District. 1999 Torbreck Run Rig Shiraz Viognier, Barossa Valley. 2001 Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier, Canberra District. 2008 Yalumba The Virgilius Viognier, Eden Valley. 2006 Castagna Ingénue Viognier, Beechworth. 2008 Spinifex Lola Semillon/Marsanne/Viognier/Ugni Blanc/Grenache Blanc/Vermentino, Barossa Valley. 2007 Ngeringa Viognier, Adelaide Hills. 2004 Torbreck Run Rig Shiraz/Viognier, Barossa Valley.
  • SLAKED  |  FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 2009
    [Viognier] 1997 Ridge Vineyards Syrah Lytton Estate ATP *
    From 51 barrels of 88% syrah and 12% cofermented viognier from Dry Creek Valley, the 1997 Lytton Estate Syrah 1997 * is drinking perfectly now. I had a wine last night that I wished I could bring to work with me. Not because I wanted to sit around all day drinking wine and watching March Madness -- not at all -- but because I thought this wine might convince some people that wine can be a transcendant experience.
    Optimal serving temperature of: Beaujolais 55 Merlot 63 Berenauslese 43 Pinot Noir 63 Bordeaux 63 Port 63 Burgundy, Red 63 Riesling 46 Cabernet 63 Rose 46 Champagne 46 Sauterne 46 Chardonnay 50 Sauvignon Blanc 46 Chianti 59 Shiraz 63 Dessert Wine 43 Tokay 43 Ice Wine 43 Viognier 50 Madeira 55 Zinfandel 59. The general rule of thumb is that white wines are served chilled and red wines are served at room temperature. Unfortunately, today’s normal room temperature is around 70 o F.
    [Viognier] 2005 Ridge Vineyards Syrah Lytton West
    From the Lytton West vineyard in Dry Creek Valley, this is a dark blue syrah blended with 6% viognier , which adds a honeyed and floral note to the nose. At only 14.5% alcohol, the wine is very strong in the mouth, almost austere, but the wine is well structured - the tannins are fine and the purple fruit notes dominate. This requires 3 years in bottle to come together, after which it should drink nicely for another decade
    [Viognier] Carmel's quality wine revolution
    And the 2007 appellation whites: a Viognier, a Gewurtztraminer & a Reisling each seemed varietally correct and had their own unique appeal. ABV (which clearly did not affect my affinity for them), while others such as the single vineyard wines came in at a more modest 13.5% (as was the appellation viognier which I had thought was a typically high alcohol varietal).
    [Viognier] Is Rosé already Passé
    For those seeking a sweet wine I suggested a bone dry but beautifully floral Viognier (also a Galil Mountain wine) - that was incredibly received. I've been thinking a lot about Rosé of late. There is a great rosé made by Israeli producer Galil Mountain that I recently poured at a tasting, and while I think the wine is amazing, there were guests there who saw the color and assumed it would be a sweet wine.
    [Viognier] A taste of Israel
    Where did it come from (Israel), what region (most from Galille, but some from Golan), what grapes were used (Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Viognier, etc.). Happy B-day to WTG. Happy B-day to WTG, Happy B-day to WTG, Happy B-day to YOU! OK, that is out of the way. I tend to I shy away from b-day attention, but hey, a Wine Tasting Guy only turns 21 (yeah, right) once right?!?!? Anyway, I attended a wine tasting tonight, and it was my favorite kind.
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