EP 31 Episode #31 – Viognier, the other white wine.

2004 Beringer Viognier

2004 Pikes Viognier

2005 Melville Estate Viognier

Gary Vaynerchuk sinks his palate into one of the lesser known white wines: Viognier. The 3 wines range in flavors and profiles, sit back and enjoy.

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Jeremy Cox

For white drinkers, Viognier is a nice alternative to the sweeter varietals, though some viogniers can be zesty and dry. My wife is a huge fan of this grape!

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  • Jose

    Viognier is sooooo yummy. Good episode. I think I’ll go and try all three. Yeah, even the Beringer.

    Actually, I really like that there are some wines you have really disliked in these episodes, and how your reaction to such a wine is natural and unstaged. The idea of you previewing the bottles before hand would take away from the spontaneity and reality of the experience. After all, do we all like every bottle we open?

    Maybe for quality control, one bottle that you are familiar with could be used as a point of reference, but please, keep on using random (and inevitably sometimes bad) wines in the tastings! I really feel it would be educational for many to try some of these selections to determine for themselves in what way the wines are flawed.

    The best part about seeing you taste the wines you don’t like?….. the look on your face right before you spit it out. We can read you like a book. It’s great!

    Excellent work. Keep it up.

  • Jose

    Viognier is sooooo yummy. Good episode. I think I’ll go and try all three. Yeah, even the Beringer.

    Actually, I really like that there are some wines you have really disliked in these episodes, and how your reaction to such a wine is natural and unstaged. The idea of you previewing the bottles before hand would take away from the spontaneity and reality of the experience. After all, do we all like every bottle we open?

    Maybe for quality control, one bottle that you are familiar with could be used as a point of reference, but please, keep on using random (and inevitably sometimes bad) wines in the tastings! I really feel it would be educational for many to try some of these selections to determine for themselves in what way the wines are flawed.

    The best part about seeing you taste the wines you don’t like?….. the look on your face right before you spit it out. We can read you like a book. It’s great!

    Excellent work. Keep it up.

  • Cameron

    Another great episode. As a fan of Viognier, it’s nice to see it get some shine on here. More wineries seem to be taking note of Viognier and creating some great wines with it, which is a welcome breath of fresh air.

    I was up on the central coast of Cali over the weekend, and while I didn’t have a chance to sample the Melville, I did have 3 Viogniers from Cold Heaven that absolutely blew me away. I would highly recommend anyone on here seek them out.

  • Cameron

    Another great episode. As a fan of Viognier, it’s nice to see it get some shine on here. More wineries seem to be taking note of Viognier and creating some great wines with it, which is a welcome breath of fresh air.

    I was up on the central coast of Cali over the weekend, and while I didn’t have a chance to sample the Melville, I did have 3 Viogniers from Cold Heaven that absolutely blew me away. I would highly recommend anyone on here seek them out.

  • Thomas

    EXP Viognier (California, Dunnigan Hills) is a must try for the entry level Viognier drinker and the experienced Viognier lover.

  • Thomas

    EXP Viognier (California, Dunnigan Hills) is a must try for the entry level Viognier drinker and the experienced Viognier lover.

  • http://www.myspace.com/chateaumiller Brandon M

    Viognier is going in my random case, but I’m gonna have to find a different winery.

    B

  • http://www.myspace.com/chateaumiller Brandon M

    Viognier is going in my random case, but I’m gonna have to find a different winery.

    B

  • Arnold

    I was looking to see if Gary had done an episode on Viognier and sure enough, here it is! I had a Viognier at a restaurnat in France and was hooked. I’d like to add that there are some inexpensive Viogniers that are very good: Smooking Loon 2005 is very nice (04 wasn’t as good – but the WineLibrary.com doesn’t list the vintage) and is around $7 and Virginie Viognier 1999 is a beautiful wine.

  • Arnold

    I was looking to see if Gary had done an episode on Viognier and sure enough, here it is! I had a Viognier at a restaurnat in France and was hooked. I’d like to add that there are some inexpensive Viogniers that are very good: Smooking Loon 2005 is very nice (04 wasn’t as good – but the WineLibrary.com doesn’t list the vintage) and is around $7 and Virginie Viognier 1999 is a beautiful wine.

  • Mike F.

    I tried a Vionier from Argentina recently. Although I liked the flavor profile (peach, apricot, wild flowers, lemon and honey) it was a bit flabby. The one or two Shiraz/Vionier blends that I tried were ok, but I need to try a few more before I can really decide.

  • Mike F.

    I tried a Vionier from Argentina recently. Although I liked the flavor profile (peach, apricot, wild flowers, lemon and honey) it was a bit flabby. The one or two Shiraz/Vionier blends that I tried were ok, but I need to try a few more before I can really decide.

  • Russ

    Gary missed something on the Pikes. There is a real bitter taste on the mid-palate, almost a grassy taste gone awry. On the bottle they recommend cellaring the wine, which I hope will mellow out this flaw, although I’m sure it won’t.

    I bought this wine on WL’s recommendation and it was a miss.

  • Russ

    Gary missed something on the Pikes. There is a real bitter taste on the mid-palate, almost a grassy taste gone awry. On the bottle they recommend cellaring the wine, which I hope will mellow out this flaw, although I’m sure it won’t.

    I bought this wine on WL’s recommendation and it was a miss.

  • Eric Opheim

    Viogner was actually the second wine I ever enjoyed, behind moscato, when I first started drinking wines 3 years ago. Thanks for giving it some more exposure.

  • Eric Opheim

    Viogner was actually the second wine I ever enjoyed, behind moscato, when I first started drinking wines 3 years ago. Thanks for giving it some more exposure.

  • Jennifer

    Medicinal.

  • Jennifer

    Medicinal.

  • David Canada

    I am a huge convert to Viogner over the last 6-8 months. It rocks with food and is just so aromatic and good! I had a killer on from the Languedoc last night. Domaine de Salices

  • David Canada

    I am a huge convert to Viogner over the last 6-8 months. It rocks with food and is just so aromatic and good! I had a killer on from the Languedoc last night. Domaine de Salices

  • yowens

    I’ve had a few of the viogner’s and have really been into them. There’s a tropical citrus thing going on that’s tough to beat.

  • yowens

    I’ve had a few of the viogner’s and have really been into them. There’s a tropical citrus thing going on that’s tough to beat.

  • WA Ambassador

    Sounds like I need to try some of this out. Thanks.

  • WA Ambassador

    Sounds like I need to try some of this out. Thanks.

  • The Fanjestic

    Viognier is awesome with food – that’s what I’ve learned. Curious as to why you didn’t try any French viognier – I bet you will in later episodes.

  • The Fanjestic

    Viognier is awesome with food – that’s what I’ve learned. Curious as to why you didn’t try any French viognier – I bet you will in later episodes.

  • Dan Leavy

    i have not had a viognier before, so much wine to taste, so little time

    word 31 “immigrant”

  • Dan Leavy

    i have not had a viognier before, so much wine to taste, so little time

    word 31 “immigrant”

  • John__J

    Always count you to try to encourage people to try something new and expand their palates Gary. I love viognier, and hope that after people see this, more people will give it a try.
    Another lesser known grape I’d love to see you do an episode on is charbono. Not as easy to find as viognier, but that doesn’t mean people shouldn’t try it if they come across it of course.

  • John J.

    Always count you to try to encourage people to try something new and expand their palates Gary. I love viognier, and hope that after people see this, more people will give it a try.
    Another lesser known grape I’d love to see you do an episode on is charbono. Not as easy to find as viognier, but that doesn’t mean people shouldn’t try it if they come across it of course.

  • corkscrew

    I will agree with you that Viognier is a enjoyable constant to a Chard now and then, a big fan. Rosenblum, Ketchum, Bridlewood make good ones that are $20 and under. http://www.winelx.com

  • Anonymous

    Good show, not a fan of viognier, had one recently that was real funky but I think it had passed cause I found it in my mom’s basement and it had probably been sitting there for 5-6 years. But I also tried the Hermit Crab that you recommend strongly in another video and gotta say I found a little bit of that offputting funk.
    This episodes makes me want to give it another chance though.

  • Anonymous

    Best Viognier i have ever had came from Alban, OMG it was amazing!!!! Overall i love the viognier marsanne rousanne blends alot. Great show

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=898480550 Samantha ‘Twyst’ Vraa

    I’m def a fan of whites over red. COME TO VT!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/cellarguy Jeremy Cox

    For white drinkers, Viognier is a nice alternative to the sweeter varietals, though some viogniers can be zesty and dry. My wife is a huge fan of this grape!

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