Best Viognier Wine

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Viognier's home is France, especially in the northern Rhône Valley regions of Condrieu and Château-Grillet (the latter has just ten acres and one owner), where it's the only white grape used and produces magnificently fragrant, voluptuous and expensive wines. It's also grown in Languedoc, Roussillon, Provence, Australia, Brazil, California, Oregon and Washington.

The grape is difficult to grow because its prone to mildew and produces small yields. If left to overripen, it will have a bland, winery taste and high alcohol.

Signature aromas include ripe apricots, orange blossoms, peaches, mango, pineapple, guava, kiwi, tangerine, honeysuckle, spring blossoms, musk and acacia.

My reviews of these  Viognier white wines are updated weekly. These Viognier white wines offer great taste at a good price. You'll find a definition of Viognier wine at the bottom of this page as well as food pairings for Viognier in my wine matcher. This is just a small set of my reviews, but you can get all of them when you join my wine community.

McManis Family Vineyards Viognier 2011
California, United States
Very aromatic and vibrant with lots of welcomed acidity. Floral with peach blossom and bone dry finish. Viognier food pairings: seared scallops, blackened tuna steaks. Alcohol: 13.5%  Sweetness: Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2012‐2016  Top Rated White Wine  Price: $18.95 Score: 92/100

This Viognier was reviewed August 4, 2012 by Natalie MacLean

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Berton Vineyards Viognier 2009
South Eastern Australia, Australia
Vintages Wine Panel: Berton Vineyards’ ‘Black & White’ tier features just two wines, The Black Shiraz and The White Viognier. Viognier is making a name for itself in Australia, and it’s easy to see why. This attractive version features the variety’s typical apricot, peach, tropical fruit and floral aromas. Dry, full-bodied and smooth with juicy stone and tropical fruit flavours. An excellent value. My note: Such a pretty wine: stunning aromas of white floral, light spices, lychee, rose petals and spring rain. Perfect for Asian dishes. Viognier food pairings: mildly spicy dishes, creamy pasta primavera. Alcohol: 14%  Sweetness: Dry  750 ml  Price: $15.95 Score: 90/100

This Viognier was reviewed February 6, 2010 by Natalie MacLean

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Gérard Bertrand Réserve Spéciale Viognier 2011
I.G.P., Pays D'oc, Midi, France
Gorgeous! Intense and aromatic with orange zest and honeysuckle aromas on the nose. Lemon dry and mouth-watering on the palate. Medium- to full-bodied. Intense and lovely. Great for Asian fare. Viognier food pairings: grilled shrimp, lobster. Alcohol: 13%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2012‐2016  Scrumptious Seafood Wine  Best Value White Wine  Price: $15.95 Score: 90/100

This Viognier was reviewed March 30, 2013 by Natalie MacLean

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Delicato Viognier Chardonnay 2008
California, United States
Vintages Wine Panel: Viognier is increasingly popular, and Delicato's blending of it with Chardonnay has produced an apricot-scented wine that is soft, sweet at the core, medium-bodied and full of pleasing citrus and grapefruit flavors. And the fruit keeps on going right to the impressive finish. My note: Good value for this price. Pretty notes of white flowers, lychee and white peach. Light-bodied and refreshing. Alcohol: 13.5%  Sweetness: Dry  750 ml  Price: $14.95 Score: 88/100

This Viognier Chardonnay was reviewed August 15, 2009 by Natalie MacLean

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Bellingham Chardonnay Viognier 2010
W.O., Wellington, South Africa
Vibrant and intense wine with lime, hazelnut and baking spices. Medium-bodied with great intensity. Highly recommended. Pair with seafood dishes. Alcohol: 14%  Sweetness: Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2013‐2016  Scrumptious Seafood Wine  Best Value White Wine  Price: $13.95 Score: 89/100

This Chardonnay Viognier was reviewed January 5, 2013 by Natalie MacLean

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Viognier

Viognier often has a viscous, opulent, creamy texture, even without oak aging. With oak aging, it also has notes of butter, cream, oak, smoke, tobacco and toast. Late-harvest and dessert styles have deeply ripe tropical fruit aromas.

Viognier is as intensely aromatic as Gewürztraminer and suffers the same problem of being difficult to pronounce. To wit: VEE-ohn-yay.

Viognier is often blended with other white grapes, such as Marsanne, Rousanne, Chardonnay, Grenache Blanc and Chenin Blanc. Sometimes, Viognier is blended with Syrah in the Rhône Valley's Côte Rotie or with Shiraz in Australia to soften the red wine and to give it an aromatic lift. This "seasoning" of about five percent of Viognier also helps stablize the wine's color and enrichs its texture.

Viognier is best consumed young, no more than three to four years after its vintage date before its heady, hedonistic fragrance fades. The exceptions are those made in the Condrieu and Château-Grillet, which can age for decades because they're aged in oak for several months before bottling.

Pair Viognier with mild curries, shellfish, ham, poultry, oily nuts, Emmental cheese, sashimi, sushi, lamb, butternut squash risotto, pork chops, lobster thermidore, carrot soup and roast vegetables.