A peek at domestic Viognier

This quirky blending grape finds a place in the sun with cheese


Viognier, with its enticing perfume, has found many admirers looking for a change of pace, yet its relatively high alcohol and low acid nature make it difficult to pair with certain foods. A surprising partner for Viognier: Cheese! After exhaustive testing at Snooth we found some winning matches. So next time you're thinking of Viognier grab a bit of creamy Camembert, or a chunk of Ricotta Salata with its salty tang, or a morsel of tangy Goat Gouda and enjoy two great tastes that pair perfectly together!

What to expect:

Viognier has generally been used as a blending grape, contributing richness with its juicy peach, melon, tropical fruit and honey flavors and an intensely floral perfume with exotic hints of jasmine and ginger.
2007 Due Vigne Viognier Eldorado County 14.4%
This intriguing blend of 87% Viognier, 10% Roussanne, 3% Marsanne adds notes of almonds, honeycomb and orange peel to Viognier's classic aromas. Superb balance in the mouth, lovely mineral tones and great acidity gives this uncommon depth and complexity. I expect this to improve in the cellar for a year or two.

2007 The Crusher Wilson Vineyard Viognier 14.9%
This terrific value has very fresh citrus and fennel notes with a hint of vanilla on the nose followed by a very floral and bright plummy inner mouth perfume that is light and refreshing. This may lack the viscosity of many California Viogniers but has wonderful intensity and an easy-drinking freshness that is appealing.

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  • Snooth User: rhill2990
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    This article was great. I had been looking for a Viognier similar to one that I had in a restaurant in Vancouver. My wife and I truly loved the wine. This article was responsible for us finding a substitute for that wine. We tried the above-referenced 2007 The Crusher is excellent and was really what we were looking for.

    Thanks, Greg

    Aug 31, 2009 at 6:43 AM

  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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    That's wonderful rhill!

    I'm glad to hear that. It's very gratifying to know that not only is more read but that it helps people find the wines they will enjoy!

    That's what Snooth and I are all about.

    Sep 01, 2009 at 1:29 PM

  • Snooth User: edlohmann
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    Very interesting I guess I ill have to send you a Viognier from Chrysalis to see what you think cheers Ed the grumpynortonian

    Apr 01, 2012 at 11:19 PM

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