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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