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Tag Archives: Viognier

Calbariño: The Future of Albariño in the Golden State of California

Editor’s Note: With International Albariño Day right around the corner, we sent Louis Villard, our newest addition to the Catavino crew, to the heart of the movement in hopes of enticing you to participate this Saturday! For most, it’s Rias Baixas, the coastal, northwestern region of Spain that comes to mind when talking about Albariño. The grape flourishes in this maritime climate and produces a memorable wine of distinct white peach, apricot, melon and mango flavors.  It has been compared to Riesling for its acidity profile, as well as Viognier and Gewürztraminer for its rounded mouth-feel. It is these two features of vibrant acidity with yet full palate that makes the grape and subsequent wine, so unique. Here in California, Albariño is being […]

El Puño, Viogner, Vino de Mesa, 2009

Now I normally recoil from international varieties being propagated on Spanish soil like a liberal in Alabama. The idea of Pinot Noir in Castilla, for example, is about as revolting as seeing an Englishman in a baseball cap (to borrow a phrase from the Libertines). But, as we all know, Ribera del Duero is not built on Tempranillo alone And credit where credit is due. Scottish winemaker Norrel Roberston MW (who has probably done more than enough for Grenache in Calatayd – although that doesn’t mean the region’s old, old vines are not in danger, quite the contrary) has produced a really lovely barrel-fermented Viognier in that selfsame region. Which means that it cannot be classed as Aragon or Calatayud […]