What a backdrop for a Viognier wine bottle
Viognier is not widely planted but has recently become more popular. It grows in France, the United States, especially California, some cooler areas of Australia, and elsewhere. Viognier grapes are difficult to grow, and their yield is relatively small. Because Viognier wines tend to be low in acid, they should be consumed a year or two after bottling. Enjoy Viognier wines with Chicken Tetrazini, Bass, Lobster, Pasta Primavera, and Chinese Chicken Salad.
Viognier wine starts at about $10, the price of a French Rothschild offering. (Don't expect too much at that price.) For about $23 you might try the Alban Viognier Central Coast (California) that tastes of grapefruit, lime, and nectarines. You can age this wine for about two years. One of the finest Viognier wines is Condrieu. For about $50 you get a half-bottle of Yves Cuilleron's Les Chaillets that tastes of honeysuckle (many Viogniers do) and vanilla. If that's not expensive enough go for a Château Grillet AOC, a wine from France's smallest appellation less than nine acres. This may be sour grapes on my part, but they tell me this wine is no longer what it was. If you have tasted one recently let us know.