Category Archives: Viognier

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve “Summation,” White Wine Blend (33% Sauvignon Blanc, 27% Viognier, 15% Chardonnay, 9% Semillon, 6% Roussanne, 6% Pinot Blanc, 2% White Riesling, 2% Muscat Canelli), California, 2009. 13.5% ABV. $11.99, available for $9.99.

Sometimes my love and I surprise each other with a new wine and the “Guess!” game. The winner gets one of his or her wishes granted. When I first sniffed this beauty, I confidently said, “Chardonnay.” But as soon as … Continue reading

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WINE TASTING! 24 wines sampled, 8 recommendations.

Prices are the retail price at the tasting venue, our local ABC store, unless otherwise noted. This time, I focused mostly on trying unusual varietals, as well as a slight emphasis on Pinot Noir, a varietal I’ve found to be … Continue reading

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RECOMMENDED: The White Knight 2008 Viognier, Clarksburg (Central Valley), CA. 13.5% alcohol. Typically $11.

Golden straw in color, this gently aromatic wine is mouth-filling, medium-bodied and dry, with flavors of honey, melon, apple, baking spices, and minerals. When Thanksgiving rolls around, we’ll be serving this with our turkey. If you’ve never had Viognier, it’s … Continue reading

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Grape Shatter

The wine grower is at the mercy of every vicissitude imaginable: heat, cold; moisture, drought; mold, disease; pests; government intervention; the economy; glut, scarcity; pollution, etc. This photograph of a cluster of Viognier grapes illustrates the phenomenon of “grape shatter,” … Continue reading

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