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Embracing Viognier: A Springtime Symphony in a Glass

As the vibrant hues of spring paint the landscape and the gentle warmth of the sun graces our days, there's no better time to indulge in the exquisite delights of Viognier. This varietal, with its enchanting characteristics, beautifully captures the essence of the changing seasons.

Characterized by its luminous aromas reminiscent of orange peel and honeysuckle, Viognier shares similarities with lighter aromatic white varietals, yet possesses the velvety mouthfeel akin to Chardonnay, without the weight of heavy oak. It's a delicate balance of floral notes and luscious texture that makes Viognier a true standout.

While the origins of Viognier are up for debate, its fame is unquestionable, rooted deeply in the picturesque landscapes of France's Rhone Valley. Introduced by the Romans, this grape thrived during the medieval era, only to face near-extinction by the 1960s. Once deemed the 'poor man's Chardonnay' due to the hefty price tag of its Burgundian counterpart, Viognier offered an accessible alternative to the French.

Today, Viognier has spread its roots across the globe, finding success in diverse terroirs. Along the East Coast, it flourishes, mirroring its French heritage in style and elegance. Meanwhile, in California's Central Coast, Viognier has carved out a niche, boasting fruit-forward flavors with a hint of sweetness in the finish.

For those seeking a sensorial journey, I wholeheartedly recommend uncorking a bottle of Viognier. Let its enchanting aromas and silky texture transport you to a realm of springtime bliss. Your senses will undoubtedly thank you for the experience.

NOTE: When shopping for French Viognier the label will reflect the area of not varietal look for Condrieu.


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