What is Viognier Wine?

Viognier Wine Taste, Food Pairing, Viognier Taste Profile
Did you know the Texas Hill Country is an up and coming Viognier growing area? Elevated, sunny, windswept, limestone hillsides provide ideal growing conditions for this stubborn grape. Image courtesy DMagazine.com.

Viognier is a white wine grape variety known to produce full-bodied white wines of depth and profound flavor. It’s a unique grape variety in that it’s surprisingly aromatic and perfumy despite being a traditionally dry wine. The premier white wine grape of Northern Rhone, France — Viognier wines can be difficult to craft, since there is only a brief window when they can be harvested to acquire to best aromas and flavors. If not allowed to ripen fully, the grapes can have low acidity.

Viognier vines require sunny days over a long moderately warm growing season to attain optimal ripeness. Yields can also be relatively uneven and unpredictable.

 

Fruit

Tropical (Peach, Apricot, Apple)

Earth & Mineral Notes

Gravel, Limestone, Stone

Additional Complexities

Petunias, Zinnia, Geranium

Structure & Body

Viognier Wine Profile

Body Medium-Full

Sugar Dry

Tannins Light

Acid Medium-Minus

Alcohol Medium-Plus

Finish Fruit-Forward, Medium

Fatty Fish, Shellfish

Because of it's full-bodied structure and rich fruit forward flavor, the best Viognier's traditionally pair well with heavier fish and shellfish. Teriyaki Salmon and Parmigiano-Reggiano Risotto. Thai food, like General Tso's chicken, works nicely being both a sweet and spicy dish. Crispy oyster bites basked in spicy aioli and mango-poblano pico.

Four Cheese Pasta, Risotto

Teriyaki Chicken, Salmon

Grilled Chicken

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