WINE: 2007 Cline Viognier
With aromas of peach, pear, orange blossom and honeysuckle, this Viognier from the Sonoma Valley is very pleasing to the nose. Stone and tree fruits and a pronounced floral component are repeated on the palate. This is a fairly dry wine with sufficient acidity, but it’s slight sweetness is a perfect match to the succulent sweetness of grilled prawns. A hint of oak and vanilla round out the finish, pairing beautifully with the recipe’s aged cheese.
Viognier is best known as the major white wine varietal of France’s northern Rhone valley. Viognier produces a highly aromatic wine, with many complex components which may attract many red wine drinkers because of it’s complexity. With full body and soft mouthfeel, It is also a great alternative to Chardonnay. Viognier is also a great wine for a wide array of food pairings. It can easily handle full-flavored and richly textured recipes, as well making a perfect cocktail wine that matches well against a wide array of appetizers and cheeses. In my opinion, Viognier is the most under-appreciated white wine varietal.
PRICE: about $15.00
Also pairs well with: Asian food, butter sauces, chicken, curries, hearty fish, lobster, nuts, veal
Region- Sonoma Valley, CA