Learn about Viognier

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Pine Ridge 2013 Chenin Blanc / Viognier

Learn about Viognier

Viognier is a grape originally grown in the Northern Rhone Valley. It has perhaps become more popular in California. Viognier is a full-bodied wine with wonderful aromatic characteristics. Viognier has become a popular substitute for Chardonnay. Viognier can be made in stainless tanks, giving it more of its natural fruit flavors, or it can be aged and fermented in oak barrels. If it undergoes malolactic fermentation, the wine becomes more full-bodied.  Viognier is grown widely in the Sierra Foothills and in the Paso Robles wine region.

Under $20 Viognier wines we like

  • In Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of 2018, we have a fantastic Best Buy Wine in the Yalumba Viognier 2017.  You can buy this wine at Cost Plus World Market.
  • Bonterra and Cline make very good Viognier wines
  • Our favorite Viognier is Cedarville Viognier. It is from the Fair Play AVA in El Dorado County. It may run a little over $20 but it is well worth it. You buy this wine for $22 at Weimax Wines in Burlingame or order from Cedarville Vineyard.
  • Pine Ridge Winery in the Napa Valley produces a white wine that is a blend of Viognier and Chenin. Blanc. You can buy this wine at Trader Joes for about $13.It is always a very nice bargain wine. Review of Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc/Viognier.
  • Sobon Estate in the Shenandoah Valley of Amador County makes a nifty Viognier. Total Wine has it.
Cedarville Vineyard Viognier
Cedarville Vineyard Viognier

Foods we like with Viognier

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At Pipestone Vineyards in Paso Robles