I really love wines made with Viognier, a grape varietal that lends gorgeous floral aromas and flavors to wine. Wines that have Viognier in them – either a lot or a little – typically offer up perfumed scents of fruits like honeysuckle, peach, tangerine, mango and apricot. Recently I came across a very nice wine that blends Viognier and Pinot Blanc grapes from Sonoma County: Valley of the Moon Pinot Blanc-Viognier 2016 ($14.99).
Sonoma’s Valley of the Moon Winery winemakers describe their wines as “your not-so-pretentious-everyday-affordable kind of wine; but don’t get us wrong, we haven’t sacrificed on quality. Our wines pair perfectly with beach picnics, making dinner with your special someone, low-key backyard happy hours with friends, and anything else. Really – these are wines for any time, any where, and any occasion.”
And that’s what I like so much about Valley of the Moon Pinot Blanc-Viognier: It’s an everyday wine that you’d actually enjoy drinking everyday. It’s that appealing. It is a blend of Pinot Blanc and Viognier with no oak flavor, but brimming with peach, coconut, nectarine and honeysuckle notes. I’m not surprised that this lovely wine was a Double Gold Medal Winner at the 2018 Sonoma County Harvest Fair. For a real treat, pair it up with hard cheeses like Parmigiano-Reggiano or Gruyere.
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Originally trained as an anthropologist, Ted Scheffler is a seasoned food, wine & travel writer based in Utah. He loves cooking, skiing, and spends an inordinate amount of time tending to his ever-growing herd of guitars and amplifiers.
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