Chardonnay’s Rival – Viognier!

If you ever wished for a white wine with some of the richness of Chardonnay, but with less vanilla (oak) ‘make-up’, may I suggest Viognier. And in particular, here’s an outstanding edition that is currently available from one of my favourite producers. Some of you may be familiar with Laurent Miquel’s excellent non-oaked Chardonnay at regular LCBOs (#157909 $12.95), and those who have traveled with us in Ireland will have enjoyed a range of their wines. Amazing quality/price ratio.

The Viognier grape is native to the south of France, where it’s often expensive, but Miquel delivers this charmer at a reasonable price. Medium-bodied it offers both refreshment and seduction. But in the delicate French way. The perfect all-evening white. Get some not only for your summer seafood/chicken BBQs, but Viognier would be a huge ‘crowd-pleaser’ at the big holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas. Stock is limited, so visit the LCBO’s site below to locate bottles near you.
LAURENT MIQUEL 13 Viognier ‘Nord Sud’, VDP d’Oc, France 673236 Vintages $14.95

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