"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...Nice white: Martine's Viognier ($23)...."
"...$20 and under Santino Viognier, $11..."
"...Both are 60-90 minutes from town and each makes a remarkably high percentage of top-notch wine. Becker's Viognier ($14, www.beckervineyards.com), 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..."
"...Alamosa Vineyards Viognier..."
"...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)..."
"...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..."
"...• 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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...The initial releases are respectable. Using grapes from California, the winery's Viognier and Pinot Grigio are excellent light wines for hot Texas weather..."
"...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..."
"...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..."