Although the name viognier may seem a little intimidating to say, it’s well worth adding to your vocabulary if you want a lush, rich white wine that stands up to roast chicken or turkey, spicy flavors and Asian cuisine. Pronounced vee-oh-nyay, it gained its well-respected reputation from northern Rhône wines produced in the appellations of Château-Grillet and Condrieu, which only make whites from this grape. Although those can be pricey, the following are two affordable viognier wines from California and Australia.
Cline Cellars 2017 Viognier, North Coast, California
Bought • World Market, 24 Brentwood Promenade Court, in October for $8.99 with promotions and free membership
Description • This is a delicious medium- to-full-bodied white that’s fresh and well-balanced. Unlike some inexpensive viognier wines that can be a bit flat, the Cline is quite lively with good crisp acidity and minerality. It has an inviting floral aroma and tastes of juicy peaches, apricots and nectarines with a touch of citrus on the finish. It would go well with curries, paella, seafood stews and roasted poultry.
Yalumba 2017 The Y Series Viognier, South Australia
Bought • World Market, 24 Brentwood Promenade Court, in October for $9.49 with promotions and free membership
Description • This big, rich viognier comes from Yalumba, Australia’s oldest family-owned winery that dates to 1849. Extremely aromatic, the Yalumba is even fuller in body than the Cline and has a mouthcoating texture. This is a soft, complex white that’s low in acidity but big in flavor. It tastes of tropical and stone fruits along with hints of lemon and some ginger spice. It would also go well with curries and hearty white meat dishes.