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February 20, 2002
Located in Languedoc, just west of Montpellier, Mas de Daumas Gassac is best known for a Cabernet that can hold its own against some of the top Bordeaux. Ownes Aime and Veronique Guibert also make this remarkable white, a blend of Chardonnay and Viognier. It's the Viognier that's responsible for its lacy texture and delicate scent of violets, orange blossom and honey. What I love best about it is the long, lovely finish.
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August 3, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
Restaurants (or at least some) have finally seen the light and are no longer hauling cases of bottled water in, shipped from across the seas. They're creating their own water in house and served in carafes. A new Santa Monica restaurant is going further and dispensing with wine bottles entirely. That's right. Lou Moench, wine director for the new Truxton's American Bistro , is serving wines strictly from cask. “We're going out and sourcing wines that you would normally pay $30 to $80 a bottle for,” co-owner Tim Foley explains in a statement.
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NEWS
August 3, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
Restaurants (or at least some) have finally seen the light and are no longer hauling cases of bottled water in, shipped from across the seas. They're creating their own water in house and served in carafes. A new Santa Monica restaurant is going further and dispensing with wine bottles entirely. That's right. Lou Moench, wine director for the new Truxton's American Bistro , is serving wines strictly from cask. “We're going out and sourcing wines that you would normally pay $30 to $80 a bottle for,” co-owner Tim Foley explains in a statement.
FOOD
May 12, 2012 | By S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times
Calera is best known for its compelling Pinot Noirs, but the limestone soils of the Gavilan Mountains east of Monterey Bay work their magic on Viognier too. That's the genius of the site founder Josh Jensen chose for Calera Wine. This Viognier comes from the Mt. Harlan vineyard, first planted with the grape in 1983 and farmed organically. The bouquet of jasmine and ripe stone fruit draws you in right away. Then comes that lush texture and the tastes of honey, pear and tropical fruit.
FOOD
February 11, 2009 | S. Irene Virbila
What a terrific find -- a Viognier from Washington's Columbia Valley in which the character of the northern Rhone grape comes through loud and clear. Viognier must really like the climate up there in Washington, because, with a little help from winemaker Chris Bert, the 2007 vintage of Roots Viognier has a cool minerality and pretty scent of flowers and peaches. It's ripe and voluptuous, but not too sweet, which is exactly what you're looking for in a Viognier.
FOOD
July 7, 1994 | DAN BERGER, TIMES WINE WRITER
The hot summer wind blew the aroma of dried grass into the tent and warmed our glasses of Viognier, making it difficult to detect the nuances of peach, apricot, pear and spices in this unique wine. It was the second annual View From the Vineyards symposium staged by the Viognier Guild, a fledgling organization currently composed of producers of this ratty grape variety, which seems to have no respect for the grower. "Organization," in fact, may be an overstatement.
FOOD
July 22, 1993 | DAN BERGER, TIMES WINE WRITER
Viognier, the little-known grape that produces some of the greatest white wines in the world, is enjoying a cultish popularity among wine lovers. The haunting aroma of Viognier--variously described as honeysuckle, apricot, orange blossom and musky peach--is the attraction of cult favorites Condrieu and Chateau Grillet, which come from the Rhone Valley in Southern France. There were only a dozen or so acres of Viognier planted in California in 1986, but that number is rising rapidly.
FOOD
April 27, 2005 | S. Irene Virbila
Here's a wonderful Viognier from Copain Wines in Anderson Valley, Calif. The grapes come from Broken Leg Vineyard, which takes its name from the broken leg sustained by grape grower Steve Williams when he was planting vines on the steeply canted hillside. The 2003 has loads of varietal character. Close your eyes and you'd think you were drinking a Condrieu from the northern Rhone with its beguiling scent of flowers and ripe peaches and rich, mouth-filling texture.
FOOD
May 12, 2012 | By S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times
Calera is best known for its compelling Pinot Noirs, but the limestone soils of the Gavilan Mountains east of Monterey Bay work their magic on Viognier too. That's the genius of the site founder Josh Jensen chose for Calera Wine. This Viognier comes from the Mt. Harlan vineyard, first planted with the grape in 1983 and farmed organically. The bouquet of jasmine and ripe stone fruit draws you in right away. Then comes that lush texture and the tastes of honey, pear and tropical fruit.
FOOD
April 12, 2011 | By S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times
2009 Domaine de Coussergues Chardonnay-Viognier How about a Chardonnay-Viognier blend from an estate founded in 1495 by a land grant from Charles VIII — and one that sells for $10 or less? I don't propose to know how Baron Arnould de Bertier (the 15th generation to run the domaine) not only makes wine at that price but also gets the importer's and distributor's cuts plus the transport from southwest France out of that tenner. But he does, and that's good news. Good inexpensive white wines are the toughest to find.
FOOD
April 12, 2011 | By S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times
2009 Domaine de Coussergues Chardonnay-Viognier How about a Chardonnay-Viognier blend from an estate founded in 1495 by a land grant from Charles VIII — and one that sells for $10 or less? I don't propose to know how Baron Arnould de Bertier (the 15th generation to run the domaine) not only makes wine at that price but also gets the importer's and distributor's cuts plus the transport from southwest France out of that tenner. But he does, and that's good news. Good inexpensive white wines are the toughest to find.
FOOD
February 11, 2009 | S. Irene Virbila
What a terrific find -- a Viognier from Washington's Columbia Valley in which the character of the northern Rhone grape comes through loud and clear. Viognier must really like the climate up there in Washington, because, with a little help from winemaker Chris Bert, the 2007 vintage of Roots Viognier has a cool minerality and pretty scent of flowers and peaches. It's ripe and voluptuous, but not too sweet, which is exactly what you're looking for in a Viognier.
FOOD
November 26, 2008 | S. Irene Virbila
Francois Villard makes one of the northern Rhone's most stunning Condrieus, but this talented young vintner also makes a haunting wine called "Les Contours de Deponcins," which is made from the Viognier grape but doesn't carry the Condrieu appellation. A vin de pays made from younger Condrieu vines, it is a little less rich than his official Condrieu, yet beautifully balanced, floral and elegant. I absolutely love this wine. Drink this Rhone white with sushi or with lobster or crab.
FOOD
July 4, 2007 | Betty Hallock, Times Staff Writer
TO discover any of America's emerging wine regions, close your eyes in front of a U.S. map and randomly drop your finger on a spot. Madison, Ind.? They've got Pinot Grigio, Zinfandel and Syrah. Prairie du Sac, Wis.? Sangiovese and Riesling. Louisville, Ky.? Chambourcin and Chardonnay.
FOOD
May 9, 2007 | Patrick Comiskey, Special to The Times
AMERICANS are developing a real taste for Australian red wines -- inky, fulsome Shirazes from the Barossa; dark, herb-scented Cabernets from Coonawarra; and stout-hearted blends from century-old vines in the McLaren Vale. But it's time to squirrel these away, along with your winter woolens, until Labor Day. Instead, wake up your palate with whites from the same continent.
FOOD
April 27, 2005 | S. Irene Virbila
Here's a wonderful Viognier from Copain Wines in Anderson Valley, Calif. The grapes come from Broken Leg Vineyard, which takes its name from the broken leg sustained by grape grower Steve Williams when he was planting vines on the steeply canted hillside. The 2003 has loads of varietal character. Close your eyes and you'd think you were drinking a Condrieu from the northern Rhone with its beguiling scent of flowers and ripe peaches and rich, mouth-filling texture.
FOOD
November 6, 2002 | -- S. Irene Virbila
A French Viognier for about $10? I was skeptical. "Probably comes from a big producer," I thought, "and certainly not from anywhere near Condrieu," that being the town in the northern Rhone most identified with this glorious but fickle white grape. I was wrong on the first count, right on the second. Planting Rhone varietals is as fashionable in France as it is in California. La Gauphine, in fact, is a small estate near the Saint Chinian region of the Languedoc.
FOOD
November 6, 2002 | -- S. Irene Virbila
A French Viognier for about $10? I was skeptical. "Probably comes from a big producer," I thought, "and certainly not from anywhere near Condrieu," that being the town in the northern Rhone most identified with this glorious but fickle white grape. I was wrong on the first count, right on the second. Planting Rhone varietals is as fashionable in France as it is in California. La Gauphine, in fact, is a small estate near the Saint Chinian region of the Languedoc.
MAGAZINE
June 23, 2002 | HEATHER JOHN, Heather John is a senior Style editor at the magazine
NARROW COUNTRY ROADS SNAKE INTO THE WESTERN HILLS OF PASO ROBLES. Native oaks dripping with moss, fields of cattle, chalky soil, weathered barns and lupine-lined vineyards define this yet undiscovered, rugged wine region. But, unlike California wine landscapes in the Napa Valley, Santa Barbara or Sonoma, the scenery--much like its new breed of winemakers--does not lend itself to comparison. It's not Napa. It's not Bordeaux. It's not Tuscany.
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