Tasting: Viogniers of the World (7pm, Friday 21st May)

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Our next in-store tasting should be a really interesting one for all you white wine drinkers out there. All the wines on show will be either 100% Viognier, or will have Viognier as part of a blend. It is a terrific little grape that’s been growing in popularity recently, known for it’s fantastic aromatic qualities, and luscious peachy, nectarine & apricot flavour profile.

With the surge in interest amongst consumers has come a big jump in Viognier plantings around the world, and these days it’s not uncommon to find a bottle hailing from far flung places like Argentina, Chile, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. It’s original rise to prominence is rooted in the small Northern Rhone appellations of Condrieu and Chateau Grillet, and the important role the grape plays in many of the Rhone Valley’s white blends, where it is often used with other aromatic grapes such as Roussanne and Marsanne, creating delightfully elegant and subtle wines.

As a single varietal, it can often be a little richer and more intense than the Rhone blends, delivering bags of flavour and an individual style that, for me at least, is usually more interesting and delightful than any Chardonnay I’ve tried for example.

So come Friday the 21st (of May), at 7pm we’ll be working our way across the globe, tasting a good range of Viogniers from different countries, demonstrating what a truly fascinating and delicious grape it can be, and hopefully converting a few new fans in the process. The wines will as usual be accompanied by food samples from the deli, and will be introduced by our good selves with a bit of background on the growers and regions, as well as lots of juicy info on the grape itself.

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If you’re interested in joining us, tickets are available from the shop or over the phone (01524400011), and cost £10 a head. Places are limited though, so book early to avoid disappointment.

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