Viognier

Quick Pour: South Coast Winery Viognier 2013

Producer: South Coast Winery
Region: Temecula AVA, California, United States
Price: $20
Vintage: 2013
Varietals: 100% Viognier
ABV: 14.1%

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Quick Pour: Rappahannock Cellars 2014 VX2 White Blend

Producer: Rappahannock Cellars Region: Northern Virginia, Virginia, United States Price: $24 (Member Only) Vintage: 2014 Varietals: 75% Vidal Blanc, 25% Viognier ABV: 13.3% Virginia Pour House Notes: Bursting on the nose with aromas of Dole canned peaches, lychee and overtones of fresh floral. The palate is near bone dry with white peach, fresh flowers and a nod of tropical fruit towards the back as it finishes clean and fresh. An amazing blend that is both very fruit forward and surprisingly near bone-dry. Pairs perfectly with fresh pan seared lemon & pepper seasoned cod, served over couscous, with sauteed Brussels sprouts.   Producer: Rappahannock Cellars Region: Northern Virginia, Virginia, United States Price: $24 (Member Only) Vintage: 2014 Varietals: 75% Vidal Blanc, 25% Viognier ABV: 13.3% Virginia Pour House Notes: Bursting on the nose with aromas of Dole canned peaches, lychee and overtones of fresh floral. The palate is near bone dry with white peach, fresh …

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Quick Pour: South Coast Winery 2010 GVR White Blend

Producer: South Coast Winery Region: Temecula AVA, California, United States Price: $20 Vintage: 2010 Varietals: 41% Viognier, 40% Grenache Blanc, and 19% Roussanne ABV: 13.1% Virginia Pour House Notes: Bursting from the glass with pure honeysuckle and overtones of light citrus blossom, this Rhone style blend coats the entire palate with fresh honey, juicy pineapple, hints of pear and citrus blossom. It finishes with the same honeysuckle that appeared on the nose, tapering with luscious structure and velvety smooth.  A pure shocker from Temecula showing very well. Producer: South Coast Winery Region: Temecula AVA, California, United States Price: $20 Vintage: 2010 Varietals: 41% Viognier, 40% Grenache Blanc, and 19% Roussanne ABV: 13.1% Virginia Pour House Notes: Bursting from the glass with pure honeysuckle and overtones of light citrus blossom, this Rhone style blend coats the entire palate with fresh honey, juicy pineapple, hints of pear and citrus blossom. It finishes with the same honeysuckle …

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Tasting Event: Chester Wine Society’s Virginia Wine Vertical Tasting and Exploration

This past weekend, I was invited to pour and lead a discussion in Richmond, Virginia at a Chester Wine Society gathering. My fiance’s mother, Cindi, helped start the wine loving group as a way to explore and expand their knowledge of wines from all over the world, as well as bring together great people. We drove down from DC fresh off of our flight from California wine country and brought two vertical tastings: Chester Gap Cellars Viognier Reserves from 2010-2012 and 2011 Cabernet Francs from Rappahannock Cellars, Fabbioli Cellars, and Berry Hill Vineyard. I also included a bottle of the Rappahannock Cabernet Franc Reserve from 2010 to compare and contrast how vastly different vintage years could be. We all took part in open discussion, enjoyed some great finger foods, and voted on our favorites from the group. We begin first with the vertical tasting of Chester Gap Cellars Viognier Reserve, …

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Quick Pour: Pine Ridge Vineyards Chenin Blanc + Viognier 2013

Producer: Pine Ridge Vineyards Region: Stags Leap District AVA, Napa, California Price: $12.99 (SRP $15) Vintage: 2013 Varietals: 80% Chenin Blanc, 20% Viognier; (12.5% ABV) Virginia Pour House Notes: Gorgeous, golden color glimmers in the glass, while aromas of apricot and candied apple explode on the nose. Similar characteristics carry it forward in the flavor category with crisp, clean tropical notes and a touch of minerality and sweetness up front tapering off with subtle notes of apricot coating the back palate on the off dry, crisp finish. Bright acidity balances out the sweet notes and delivers a crisp, pleasurable tasting experience that can be paired with a nice flaky fish dish or alone while you are on rocking chair outside during these relaxing spring months ahead.   Producer: Pine Ridge Vineyards Region: Stags Leap District AVA, Napa, California Price: $12.99 (SRP $15) Vintage: 2013 Varietals: 80% Chenin Blanc, 20% Viognier; (12.5% ABV) Virginia Pour …

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Quick Pour: Chester Gap Cellars Cuvée Manseng 2011

Producer: Chester Gap Cellars Region: Northern Virginia, Virginia Price: $19 Vintage: 2011 Varietals: 60% Petit Manseng, 40% Viognier Winemaker Notes: “The Cuvee Manseng is a blend of 60% Petit Manseng and 40% Viognier. It has burst of pineapple aroma followed by pineapple/grapefruit on the palate. The residual sugar and acid are nicely balanced.” Virginia Pour House Notes:  This Virginia white blend is vibrant with passion fruit, candied apricot, and a plethora of citrus fruit. Nuances of tropical fruit and spice cut through the acidity and balance out the palate leaving behind fresh, ripe tropical fruit. A true Summer sipper but will pair great with white fish over the next year or so. Drink now for optimal enjoyment.   Producer: Chester Gap Cellars Region: Northern Virginia, Virginia Price: $19 Vintage: 2011 Varietals: 60% Petit Manseng, 40% Viognier Winemaker Notes: “The Cuvee Manseng is a blend of 60% Petit Manseng and 40% …

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