Jun 26, 2010

Viogner Rankings

A small but appreciative turnout attended the Viognier tasting led by TVC’s Director/Wine Buyer, Michael Matthews.  The reception wine was a 2008 Valdrinal Santa Maria Verdejo ($18.50) from Rueda Spain supplied by Cellar D’Or.  To order this wine, go to http://www.cellardor.ca/Our_Wines.html.  The lineup of wines clearly demonstrated the versatility of this grape variety. The group’s favourite was a blend of Viognier and Marsanne: 2006 Treana Liberty School Viognier/ Marsanne from California  ($31 at Vintages). The mystery wine was an Israeli wine - 2006 Yarden Viognier ($29.95 at Vintages) which ranked 2nd overall!

Name of Wine (in order poured)
Group Ranking
Guest Ranking
 A. 2008 Creekside Estate Reserve Viognier (Niagara) 3 5
B.  2006 Yarden Viognier (Israel) 2 7
C. 2005 Condrieu- Guigal  (France) 5 4
D. 2007 Condrieu- Christophe Pichon (France)  4 1
E. 2006 Viognier -Edward Sellers (California)  7 3
F. 2006 Treana Liberty School Viognier/Marsanne (California) 1 6
G. 2007 Yalumba "Virgilius" Viognier (Australia) 6 8
H. 2007 Petaluma Viognier (Australia)  8 2