Fifteen years ago, a Virginia Viognier won a blind taste-off against
some well-known California rivals. It wasnâ€™t exactly the â€œJudgment
of Paris,â€ but for the Virginia wine industry, the effect was similar
to Californiaâ€™s 1976 triumph over France.
Virginiaâ€™s winemakers reacted by planting Viognier with
abandon. The increase has been especially fast over the last five
years. So I figured it was time to take a serious look at the state of
Virginia Viognier. Is it hype? Or is Viognier living up to the potential
of that 1994 victory?
Good news â€“ while picking Virginia Viognier at random can be risky,
the best ones make the effort worthwhile. And the one that started it
all with the 1993 vintage, Horton Vineyards, is still among the
stateâ€™s best. Today, however, the top of the list is deliciously
Read my full report in todayâ€™s Washington Post.