Category: Viognier

Diverse Areas Now Producing Quality Viognier

Some Viognier recommendations.
Viognier (vee-own-YAY) was virtually extinct in the 1960s, when it was limited to less than 35 acres in France’s Northern Rhone region. Now quality Viognier is being produced in California, Washington State, Australia, South Africa, Israel, Chile and Virginia. Notoriously difficult to grow, Viognier can be as full-bodied as a Chardonnay and

Paso Robles: California’s Most Promising Wine-Making Region

A review of some wines from Paso Robles.
More than 40 different varietals — high-quality Zinfandel, excellent Cabernet blends and first-rate Rhone varietals — are cultivated in Paso Robles, California’s largest American Viticultural Area (AVA). The 24-plus square mile area has 700 to 2,000-foot elevations, with diverse microclimates from the cooling Pacific breezes and multiple

Valley Whirl: Napa Winery Worth Long Day’s Journey

A visit and tasting at Terra Valentine.
The road from St. Helena that ascends Spring Mountain twists and turns past ancient trees and sheer drop-offs. About four-and-a-half miles up, a gated lane leads to the Terra Valentine Winery. Eccentric engineer Fred Aves, the previous owner, designed the winery and guesthouse, located on a bluff overlooking

Winemaking Beckons Successful Types To Try Their Hand

Winemaking as a second career.
Some say the way to make a small fortune in the wine business is to start with a large one. Subject to the vagaries of weather, insects and capricious consumer tastes, winemaking appears to be a guaranteed way to lose money. Despite these issues, many people who have become successful

Don’t Cry For Argentina: Winemakers Produce High-Quality Vino

Some wine recommendations from my recent visit to Argentina.
Much like a grapevine that produces its best fruit under "stressful" growing conditions, Argentine winemakers have weathered that country's significant political and economic upheavals to produce world-class wines. The country's Mendoza region, where the Andes supply both water and protection from the Pacific winds, has a