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by Fred McMillin
Vee-ohn-yea Is On Its Way
These are the early years in California of the variety that may become the state's greatest white wine grape. The critics are aware of it and we want wine newcomers to be aware of the excitement, too. Let's see what the experts have been saying about Viognier in the Golden State.
The Rest of the Story
1994 - Prof. John Baxevanis' comments:
1995 - Expert Norm Roby:
1999 - James Laube's California Wine, 2nd Ed.:
Alderbrook General Manager John McClelland did not just fall off the turnip wagon last week. He knows a good varietal when he tastes it. He planted right away and harvested the first grapes in 1995. Promising. By 1997, yields were large enough to create a stir with the public. Then, in 1998 John acquired significant Alexander Valley fruit to augment his Russian River vineyard. The photo shows him studying blends from the two sources. He's very enthusiastic about the resulting "greater dimension and complexity" shown in...
Our Wine of the Day
1998 Viognier, Sonoma County, Alderbrook
Postscript—About Food Affinities
If your friends are truly interested in wine, serve before the meal with mild appetizers that won't detract from the wine. As for the meal, blackened salmon from San Francisco's Elite Cafe paired well with the bold flavors of today'`s wine.
Note—If you enjoy food-wine pairing, see Alderbrook chef Jim May's combos in the August 15, 1997 WineDay titled, "The Cook at Alderbrook".
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