Tag: viognier

From Adversity, Wine

Reviews of the Yatir Viognier 2010 and Haig Club Single Grain Scotch Whisky.
Many of the world’s finest wines, counter intuitive though it might seem, are actually created from grapes that grow in surprisingly meager conditions. Conditions that would cause other crops to suffer—like nutrient-poor soil, sparse water and daily temperature fluctuations—can stimulate the vines

Yeast Is Not Only For Bread

A review of the Dalton Wild Yeast Fermentation Reserve Viognier 2012 and Four Roses Kentucky Bourbon.
Among the many factors that determine a wine’s quality, perhaps the least appreciated by most consumers is the role of yeast. It is these microscopic, single-cell organisms that convert the sugars found in grapes (and grains) into alcohol and

Tasting Some Incredible Scotch

Review of the Galil Mountain Viognier 2009 and several Balvinie Single Malt Scotches.
The arrival of spring means it is time to kick back on the deck with a chilled glass of white wine. For many, chardonnay is their white wine of choice. But there are many other wine options for warm weather enjoyment. One

A Dramatic Transformation For One California Winery

A look at the Zaca Mesa Winery.
Once known only for characterless, cheap and cheerful quaffs, the Zaca Mesa Winery now produces incredibly flavorful wines from varietals like Syrah, Roussanne and Viognier. Located in California's Santa Barbara County, specifically the Santa Ynez Valley, Zaca Mesa planted its first vines — a mishmash of varietals including

Choose Young Wines For Feasting

Wine suggestions for Thanksgiving.
Think young when choosing a wine for the Thanksgiving feast. The meal’s complex variety of aromas, flavors and textures are best complimented by a fruity, youthful wine with refreshing acidity. Resist the temptation to serve an aged treasure to family and friends since the typical fare can easily overwhelm their subtle

Local Wineries Deserve More Respect

A look at some Maryland wineries.
Many regionally produced wines are as good as their West Coast cousins, although consumers often overlook them. With wine being made in all 50 states, it is fitting that attention be paid to the accomplishments of these small wineries.

Portuguese Winemakers Offer A Mix Of Old And New

A look at some Portuguese table wines.
Known for centuries as the home of exceptional Port and Madeira, Portuguese winemakers are making some very good table wines now. Mirroring their Spanish counterparts, Portuguese wine producers have made major investments to modernize their facilities and to plant new varietals. ‘‘We needed to show the world that

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