Viognier is a variety of a white wine grape from the Rhone
Valley in France.
It was not long ago that Viognier was a rare
varietal in California. California Viognier is now a fashionable
and popular alternative to Chardonnay.
Viognier has aromas and flavors of floral, peach, apricot,
pear, and melon. On occasion some earthiness and spice are displayed.
Winemakers that make this wine in three ways: Age in stainless
tanks that give no oak flavors; aged in Oak barrels; aged in
oaked and allowed to undergo malolactic fermentation. This process
gives the wine a buttery aroma and flavor and a creamy texture
in the mouth.
Viognier is a good food match with spicy foods, grilled chicken
or fish. An oaky Viognier can be matched with white meat
and cheese. Avoid oaky Viognier with light foods.
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