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July 22, 2019

Time to Get Into the Summer Whites - Start with Exotic and Aromatic Viognier

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Posted: Thursday, June 27, 2019 12:00 am

Viognier is an aromatic delight, typically with floral notes singing of white peaches, apricots, tropical fruits, sometimes grapefruit, jasmine, and, almost always, honeysuckle. The taste provides more of the same and has an undeniable sweetness but not an icky sweetness. You get a full roundness and a soft finish. As rumor often does, rumor has it that viognier originated in Dalmatia (now Croatia) and was brought to the Rhône Valley by the Emperor Probus in 281AD. DNA maven Carole Meredith, a UC Davis professor emerata, says that notion has long been disproved. Spoilsport.

It pairs well with many things that swim or fly, or tries to fly. It’s good to get something in a creamy recipe.

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