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Liquid Assets
World-class white wine -- from Texas!
Food Column  April 25, 2003, by Wes Marshall
"...Have you been looking for something more than the same old chardonnay and sauvignon blanc? Many people treasure the white wines of France's Rhone Valley. Rhone winemakers usually blend a combination of Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Rousanne, and Viognier grapes..."

Inside the Texas Wine Trade
Four Texas wineries are joining to launch Texas Fine Wine
Food Story  March 21, 2014, by Wes Marshall
"...Pedernales Cellars, Duch­man Family Winery, Brennan Vineyards, and Bending Branch Winery boast a dozen national medals among them in the current vintage. Pedernales Cellars even took home the Grand Gold award for their 2012 Viognier Reserve ($40) at last year's Lyon International Wine Competition in France..."

Wine of the Week
Texas wines on steroids
DAILY Food  November 21, 2013, by Wes Marshall
"...White wine aficionados should look to two primary wines, Viognier, and Rhone blends. Brennan Vineyards in Comanche is a reliable producer of a number of wines, most especially their stellar Viognier ($17.50) and their Rhone-styled Lily ($17.50), a blend of Rousanne, Viognier, and Grenache..."

Top 10 Texas Wines
Food Story  January 3, 2014, by Wes Marshall
"...Bending Branch is the only winery new to the list. The major grapes you should look for in the Texas wine section are grapes originally from France's Rhône valley, Italy's Tuscany, and Spain's northern half – specifically, whites like Albariño, Viognier, Roussanne, Gre­nache Blanc, Marsanne, and Vermentino; or reds like Mourvèdre, Grenache, Syrah, San­giovese, Dolcetto, Barbera, and Tem­pra­nillo..."

Beyond the Spritzer
Cooling off with summer wines
Food Story  July 18, 2008, by Wes Marshall
"...From there, head to Stonewall (take Highway 290 West) for a stop at perennial crowd-pleaser Becker Vineyards. They make more than 20 wines, but for summer refreshment, pick their Viognier ($15), a wine that will remind you of peaches and paperwhites..."

Day Trips
The Way Out Wineries tour leads visitors on a Mardi Gras parade to eight of the best Texas wines that they have never heard of
Columns  February 2, 2007, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...Founded in 1986, the Alamosa vineyards are the oldest on the winery tour. The Johnsons grow Sangiovese, Tempranillo, and Viognier grapes on their hillside estate..."

Liquid Assets
Wes Marshall scrutinizes the best wine lists in Austin.
Food Story  May 31, 2002, by Wes Marshall
"...Nice white: Martine's Viognier ($23)...."

Liquid Assets
Affordable Wines
Food Column  October 27, 2000, by Wes Marshall
"...$20 and under Santino Viognier, $11..."

Wine of the Week
Local wines are just over the next hill
Food Column  October 8, 2010, by Wes Marshall
"...Both are 60-90 minutes from town and each makes a remarkably high percentage of top-notch wine. Becker's Viognier ($14,, the winery's flagship, was a unanimous winner in a tasting I led two weeks ago, where it competed with international Viogniers costing up to $125 a bottle..."

Capital Idea!
On the phone, on the Web, on the farm, or in the store: giving a little Austin to the foodies on your gift list
Food Story  December 5, 2003
"...Alamosa Vineyards Viognier..."

Tasting 2002
The year in food
Food Story  January 3, 2003
"...Budget wines that taste great: I was so stunned at the quality of Pepperwood Grove's wines that I had to talk to someone in charge. How do they do it? Their viognier, syrah, and pinot noir are absolutely unbeatable at the price ($5.99 to $7.99 per bottle)..."

Alamosa Wine Cellars Is For Sale
Warm-weather varietal pioneers are ready to retire
DAILY Food  July 8, 2015, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Jim Johnson helped the Beckers with their first Viognier that garnered so much media attention and the enthusiastic endorsement of the late Robert Mondavi. Johnson was convinced that the quality of Texas wines would appreciate greatly across the board if he and his fellow grape growers would switch over to warm weather varietals such as those grown in the Southern Rhone, Spain, and Italy..."

Food-o-File: Friday Lagniappe
A little extra Austin food news
DAILY Food  March 27, 2015, by Virginia B. Wood
"...• Two Central Texas wineries scored big at the recent 2015 TEXSOM International Wine Awards. Pedernales Cellars of Stonewall brought home gold medals for their 2012 Texas Tempranillo and Tempranillo Reserve, their 2014 Texas Vermintino, and 2014 Texas Viognier..."

First Look: Dai Due
New eatery focuses on local
DAILY Food  August 20, 2014, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Dai Due is the only Austin eatery with an all Texas wine list, augmented by one sparkler from New Mexico. The only thing missing from the list is the choice of a wine made from what many consider to be Texas' best grape varietal, viognier..."

How Do I Food & Wine Festival?
An Austin Food & Wine Fest newbie retraces her steps
DAILY Food  April 28, 2014, by Melanie Haupt
"...At noon, I checked out “Tour de Femme,” a seminar on female winemakers led by Vilma Mazaite, the sommelier and managing partner at LaV. She cruelly introduced the audience to one of the best Viogniers I’ve ever had, then announced that it’s not available in Texas..."

Day Trips
Taking a wine-tasting journey through Texas wineries
Columns  December 28, 2007, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...Kim McPherson, owner and winemaker at McPherson Cellars in Lubbock, said in a recent lecture to wine aficionados, "[Texas vineyards] have to plant grapes suited to the land, not market conditions." McPherson's wines favor the Rhone and Italian varietals such as Sangiovese, Viognier, Mourvèdre, and Syrah. The winery is in a converted soda-bottling plant at 3215 28th St..."

Digesting the Buffalo Gap Wine and Food Summit
What happened during a weekend in heaven
Food Story  May 4, 2007, by Wes Marshall
"...Flights were tasted and voted on before uncloaking. This year, I asked the Perinis to provide a very rare and expensive ringer for the Viognier flight..."

Day Trips
Mandola Estate Winery pairs handmade Italian-style wines with a Texas accent to an Old World-style Italian market and restaurant
Columns  December 1, 2006, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...The initial releases are respectable. Using grapes from California, the winery's Viognier and Pinot Grigio are excellent light wines for hot Texas weather..."

Wine of the Week
Food Column  May 12, 2006, by Wes Marshall
"...There are seven wines in the Alamos line, and all are worthwhile, but the three stunners are their Chardonnay, Viognier, and Malbec. All three wines are $10 and offer an amazing amount of concentration and density in the glass for the price..."

Liquid Assets
Texas wines with a little something extra
Food Column  December 9, 2005
"...The other white that we make magic with is Viognier. At its best, and it's hard to find a bad version in Texas, it has seductive aromas of peaches and pears and a thick, rich mouthfeel..."

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