This Viognier (pronounced vee-oh-NYAY) is a
beautiful example of the Viognier grape in
Virginia. It is an elegant white wine made from
grapes grown by family members Jane and Jon
Zieman at Ridge Run Vineyard in Stuarts Draft,
VA. The vineyard is on a rocky, windy south slope
with long views of the Shenandoah Valley. The
wine is dry, aromatic and floral, with tastes of
apricot, peaches and pears. Serve chilled, but not
cold. Drink within 2-3 years.
The most acclaimed white wine grape from France's Rhône Valley, Viognier is a highly aromatic varietal, with a flavor profile that could include peach, apricot, nectarine, lichee, musk and flower blossom. The heady perfume of this varietal is one of its trademarks, although its flavors are sometimes problematic in matching with food. However, it does well with lobster, crab and moderately flavored fish. Use it as an apéritif as an alternative to Chardonnay. The "Rhône Rangers" in California have done an excellent job promoting this varietal.