Pacific Northwest perfect for Viognier

By on July 19, 2015
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Melanie Krause makes Viognier from Williamson Vineyards in Caldwell, Idaho.

Melanie Krause makes Viognier from Williamson Vineyards in Caldwell, Idaho. (Photo by Eric Degerman/Great Northwest Wine)

In France’s Rhône Valley, there are 10 white grape varieties. In the Pacific Northwest, by far the most popular is Viognier.

Its ancestral home is Condrieu in the northern Rhône. In fact, Viognier is the only grape allowed in that region.

Like Syrah, Viognier tends to be a low-acid, high-pH wine, so finding one with good brightness can be a task. Fortunately, in cooler climates, Viognier can thrive.

Here are a few luscious Viogniers we’ve tasted recently from Oregon, Washington, British Columbia and Idaho.

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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