ViognierViognier is a white wine grape. It is the only permitted grape for the French wine Condrieu in the Rhone valley. Viognier is a rare type of grape brought to Condrieu, on the northern Rhône, over 2,000 years ago by the Greeks or Romans. It was only planted in California a mere 20 years ago. It is now predominantly found in the Rhône valley and California. Viognier is extremely difficult to grow and therefore is only used by few vineyards.

Viognier is becoming a favored white wine, as its depth of character and complexity is greater than the current white favorite, Chardonnay. Viognier is noted for spice, floral, citrus, apricot, apple and peach flavors. It typically produces medium bodied wines with relatively high acids and fruit. I have to admit here that viognier is one of my favorite wine types, and definitely my favorite white wine.

Typically, the younger the Viognier the better – aging allows the fruity medly and the aromatic strength of Viognier to fade away. Viognier should be served at around 52F – cooler than room temperature. This lets the full, rich flavors of the wine come forth. This is warmer than fridge temperature though! If you serve a white wine TOO cold your tongue cannot taste its flavors.

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