#WBW78: can you say VEE-OH-N-YAY? Plus beet & mint & OJ & walnut salad

We can say viognier and we did!

We–the Wine Predators plus Que Syrah Sue and NYJane minus Ima Zinner–tasted two viogniers for this month’s edition of Wine Blogging Wednesday–“Get Your Viggy On” hosted by Frank Morgan.

In his blog post, Frank shared that:

  • In the 1960′s, Viognier was nearly extinct with only eight acres planted in the Northern Rhone (via Wikipedia) and about 80 acres throughout the world (via Jancis Robinson).
  • Viognier is the most-planted white Rhone varietal in the United States

Frank shares other Viognier tidbits on his blog including how to pronounce this delightful white wine.

We were up for the challenge! We even went for the bonus points by tasting not one but TWO very different but both wonderful viogniers:

Rosenblum 2008 Kathy’s Cuvee Viognier under $20

Zaca Mesa 2009 Estate Grown Viognier under $30 (on sale at Bevmo now for $20)

with a variety of food dishes from beet salad to trout salad to mac n cheese to just plain sour dough bread to oysters to clams. Continue reading

For all those Rhonely Hearts: Hospice du Rhone April 29-May 1 in Paso Robles

I definitely have a Rhonely Heart: I love love love Rhone style wines and blends, especially the reds. An AUS 2001 RBJ  theologicum  blend of grenache and mataro turned me on and I’ve never turned back.

But it was my 6 year old son who first noticed the post card for this year’s Hospice du Rhone on the counter at the Ventura Wine Company a few weeks ago.

Not only is the postcard eye catching with its play on The Lonely Hearts Club Band, but he’s a HUGE Beatles fan. Continue reading