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Viognier Wine Varietal Definition

Viognier grapes

The most acclaimed white wine grape from France's Rhône Valley, Viognier is a highly aromatic varietal, with a flavor profile that could include peach, apricot, nectarine, lichee, musk and flower blossom. The heady perfume of this varietal is one of its trademarks, although its flavors are sometimes problematic in matching with food. However, it does well with lobster, crab and moderately flavored fish. Use it as an apéritif as an alternative to Chardonnay. The Rhône Rangers in California have done an excellent job promoting this varietal.

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(Updated: 11/19/12 JLD)

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