Category Archives: Viognier

Viognier/Roussanne, Freyja, Gard Vintners, Lawrence Estate Wines, Royal Slope, Columbia Valley AVA, Washington State, 2017, US$16

Recently I attended the 2018 Wine Media Conference in Walla Walla, Washington. When I was doing a little legwork in advance of the event about some of the wineries we may meet with, I’d noticed a review by Stephen Tanzer … Continue reading

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Viognier, Maison Denuzière, Aphrodite, Condrieu AC, France, 2014, 13% abv, US$50

There are just 500 acres of vines in the French appellation of Condrieu – it’s very petite – and the only grape allowed to grow there is a specific clone of Viognier. A different Viognier clone is used throughout the … Continue reading

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Viognier, CC Jentsch, Golden Mile Bench, Naramata VQA, BC, 2015, 13.5% abv. C$23

CC Jentsch is a small, family-owned BC winery located on the Golden Mile Bench in Oliver.  Amber Pratt is Chris and Betty Jentsch’s winemaker.  The family has farmed in the region since 1929. I first learned of their wines when … Continue reading

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Viognier, Tahbilk, Nagambie Lakes, Central Victoria, Australia, 2014, 13.8% abv.

This wine is produced at Tahbilk where 5 generations of the Purbrick family have been involved in winemaking since the current owner’s great grandfather purchased the vines in 1925.  Viognier was planted here in the 1990s. Medium lemon in colour, … Continue reading

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Viognier, Marsanne, The Hermit Crab, D’Arenberg, McLaren Vale, Australia, 2013. 13% abv, C$18.50++

From the Osborn family winery, D’Arenberg – located in McLaren Vale and established in 1912 – this is a blend of Viognier and Marsanne made from grapes grown on calcareous, limestone soils.   Fourth generation winemaker, Chester Osborn, is responsible … Continue reading

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Viognier, Yalumba, The Y Series, Eden Valley, South Australia, 13.5% abv, 2014, C$16++

Yalumba has been around a while and seen five generations of Aussies named Hill or Hill-Smith come and go in the winery and vineyards. This is a vegan-friendly wine (no fish bladders were used in production) and Yalumba also uses … Continue reading

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Viognier, Black Hills Estate Winery, Okanagan, Oliver, Okanagan Valley, BC, 2013, 13.3% abv.

This wine screams ‘summer’ and since summer is about to leave us, I wanted to mark its passing. Pale lemon with distinct aromas of canned peaches, fresh apricots, white flowers and fragrant blossoms, this is a great match for white fish dishes … Continue reading

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