Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Wednesday Wine: 2007 Robert Hall Viognier
A warm, sunny summer's day deserves a nice Viognier. The boyfriend and I found a great one with Robert Hall.
First off, let it be known that we love the Robert Hall Winery. This beautiful winery is located in the Central Coast of California, in a well-known wine region called Paso Robles. If you're in this area of California, it is worth a day (or two, or three) to explore the wineries. The Robert Hall Winery is very inviting with its open tasting room, amphitheater that looks out towards the vines, and the boce ball pit. We were so impressed with the establishment and the wines that we signed up for the wine club! Now, twice a year we come home to a huge box of wine at our front door--you can't beat that.
Viognier, a white wine, is a great one to drink due to its full body and variety of the flavors. Some people liken it to Chardonnay. They are usually high in alcohol content and not necessarily too sweet. The boyfriend felt the Robert Hall one had a metallic finish (he's more of a connoisseur than I am). Viognier seems to be gaining some steam --as it is being produced more.
So, hopefully there is a small selection in your local grocery or wine store. If you see one, try out one from California, Southern France, or any of the other regions that are starting to produce Viognier (even Virginia is jumping in on all of the fun).