A Tropical Oasis For Your Taste Buds – West 2009 Viognier

I have been tasting my way through a few wines from the Dry Creek Valley AVA in Sonoma County.  Dry Creek Valley produces some incredible wines and many of the winemakers are leading the way in sustainable winemaking practices.  One of the wines I really enjoyed was West Wines 2009 Viognier.  West Wines is a family owned winery that practices responsible agriculture.

About the Wine- From the Winery

West 2009 Viognier is 100% Viognier from Sonoma County.  It has 13.5% alcohol and retails for $23.  Only 250 cases were produced.  For more information visit www.westwines.com.

Now the Fun Part- Tasting the Wine

West Viognier pours a pale gold in the glass.  Aromas of flowers and tropical fruit dominate the nose.  The palate is refreshing with tastes of mango, lemon, and pineapple that lead into a long finish with lingering notes of citrus.  A tropical oasis for your taste buds!

My Wine Rating- B+

Food Pairings Suggestions- Pair this Viognier with sushi, sea bass, or an avocado and mango salad

*Media Sample

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North Carolina Wine Has Come a Long Way- Biltmore Reserve Viognier 2010

I will be honest with you…the last time I had a wine from the Carolinas, I threw it out.  This is coming from a girl who spent the first 25 years of her life living in South Carolina before I ventured out to sunny, Southern California.  I was a little apprehensive when a bottle of North Carolina Viognier arrived from Biltmore Estates (a winery located on one of the most beautiful estates I have ever seen) but I am happy to say the wine from the Carolinas has come such a long way since I last had a glass. 

About the Wine- From the Winery

Biltmore Reserve Viognier 2010 is 100% Viognier from North Carolina.  It has 13% alcohol and retails for $18.99.  For more information see www.biltmore.com

Now the Fun Part- Tasting the Wine

Biltmore Reserve Viognier pours a pale gold in the glass.  The nose has invigorating aromas of lime, melon, and kiwi.  The palate is tangy and full of strawberry and citrus flavors.  The finish is unique with a healthy dose of acidity and some spicy, white pepper.  The wine could use a touch of elegance but overall I really enjoyed the wine.  If this is any indication of the progress of NC wines, I will have to another bottle soon!  Cheers!

My Wine Rating- B-

Food Pairing Suggestions- This wine goes well with pan seared scallops, a spider roll (sushi), or grilled halibut.

*This wine was sent to me as a sample for the purpose of review

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Deep Sea 2008 Viognier

Yesterday, I was enjoying a beautifully made D’affinois cheese, Marcona almond, and honey sandwich (simple yet amazing) at The Cellar in San Clemente when the server suggested I try the Deep Sea 2008 Viognier.  I am always excited to try a new wine from a winery I am not familiar with, especially when it’s a small, California, family-run winery. 

About the Wine- From the Winery

Deep Sea 2008 Viognier comes from the Central Coast appellation in California.  It has 15.9% alcohol content and retails for $26.  For more information see www.DeepSeaWines.com

Now the Fun Part- Tasting the Wine

This Viognier pours a white gold color.  It has a crisp, floral nose with hints of pear and grapefruit.  It tastes of citrus and pear and ends with a long, creamy finish.  This is rich, thick Viognier but there is enough acidity to provide a balance.  Deep Sea’s 2008 Vigonier was a great choice with my meal…it really complimented the D’affinois and I think it would pair well with many cheeses.  If you have tried any of Deep Sea’s wines, I would love to know what you think…I am glad I took my server’s advice!

My Wine Rating- B+

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