This week’s wine is all about expanding your wine vocabulary by introducing you to another hidden wine gem…Viognier. Viognier (say it with me people…vee-oh-NYAY) is a white grape originally found in the Rhône Valley and southern France, but now grows exceptionally well in places like Australia, Chile, and California. It makes a wonderfully floral and fruity wine with excellent structure. This week’s wine is a fantastic example of what a well made Viognier can be.
The 2007 Michel Gassier Les Piliers Viognier is a beautifully perfumed wine with strong flavours of dried apricots, peach, candied fruits and cantaloupe. I would recommend putting this wine on ice for 20 minutes before serving it with pasta in a pesto sauce or a chicken stir-fry.
In comparison to its well known brethren, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, you can find excellent examples of Viognier from top producers for under $20. At $18.95, the Michel Gassier Les Piliers is a top notch wine for a great value. I recommend you go and try it…but that’s just my opinion. Let me know what you think.