Rhone Valley

An Illustrated Guide to Viognier From France

An Illustrated Guide to Viognier From France

It doesn’t get much more aromatic than Viognier, a white grape known for its intensely fruity, floral, exotic notes. The nose may smell sweet, but the palate is typically dry and full-bodied, and its lower acidity gives the impression of softness. While Viognier is grown in much of southern France, its most famous iterations come […]

Continue Reading

Tags: , , , ,

A New Festival Celebrates Northern Rhone Wines — And It’s About Time

A New Festival Celebrates Northern Rhone Wines — And It’s About Time

The best ideas are formed over a few glasses of wine. Ask Dustin Wilson and Thomas Pastuszak, friends since each held wine director positions at NYC’s Michelin-starred Eleven Madison Park and The NoMad restaurants, respectively. During a recent visit to the northern Rhône, Dustin and Thomas were sipping on Syrah when they came upon the […]

Continue Reading

Tags: , , ,

Clairette Is the Southern Rhône’s Next Big Thing

Clairette Is the Southern Rhône’s Next Big Thing

White wines comprise just 6 percent  of the Rhone’s production. For now. The Rhône Valley’s red wines currently make up a huge market share, but winemakers in some southern Rhône appellations are opting to tear out red grape vines in favor of a once-declining, scarcely-planted white grape: Clairette. Why are southern Rhône winemakers falling head over […]

Continue Reading

Tags: , ,