Viogner! Pronounced: vee-on-nee-yay, slurring together the nee-yay bit
Some wines are astringent and taste primarily of rocks and lemons (real tasting notes) These are super-refreshing when it is hotter- than-Hadess outside. If you have to be outside and you have found a wonderful chip truck and have a bag of greasy, hot salty french fries, then you need a wine that tastes like lemons and rocks. However, in the first tender days of spring, this would be too aggressive.
No, for a beautiful spring day when the birds have come back from wherever they went and your tulips are blooming, try something wonderful and light like a gorgeous Viognier.
This light white wine tastes of tangerines and smells like rose petals and light perfume. They smell like wedding planning (at the beginning, before you hate everyone and wonder why people have weddings). They also smell like thinking about planting herbs.
Viognier smells and tastes like hope. Sometimes even bergamot or orange creamsicle are legit tasting notes. It can also carry a hint of sweetness.
If I am going to be fancy it is nice to drink this wine out of the right glass. The same type of glass that you would drink Chardonnay from is the right glass. It is kind of narrow but not narrow like a champagne flute. You should fill it only to the widest part of the glass because then you can swirl it around. Serve it nice and cold and try not to heat it up with your hands.
In the following video this wine expert talks a bit about Viognier. He says that it has to be enjoyed with food. I disagree. It is pretty good with creamy food and if your food is spicy and creamy at the same time a Viognier with a bit of sweetness will do the trick. Me, I like to pair it with a light rain, a little sun and a feeling of relief that this Canadian winter is over.
Here is a lovely offering out of France. You can cruise your local wine merchant and look for this gem. It has been described as toasty with a peaches and cream taste. Harbinger of summer for sure. You can not drink this when it is snowing. (also, it isn’t expensive.) About $17 in Canadian wine shops. The next wine that I am introducing to you is from Chili and is less expensive but this one will give you a better experience.
Here is a lovely Viognier from Chili. It scores predictably well in somm tests. It is under $10 in most shops so it is a nice place to start and to see if you like the varietal. However, the French wine above is a better bang for your buck since it is an example of really nice Viognier.
Check out this crazy stuff: It is a Viognier that has been affected by botrytis. Botrytis is a fungus and it dries up the grapes before they are picked. There is a certain melancholy to botrytis but man-o-man, if you want to venture into a sweet wine that isn’t awful, try this one! This is pricey.
Want to try making your own. Here’s a kit.
Hey, if you are planning on doing your sommelier exam or a WSET level, listen to this cool lecture. #winenerdalert