Wine deal: Chateau de Pennautier Viognier

  • Article by: Bill Ward
  • Star Tribune
  • September 1, 2012 - 3:19 PM


Viogniers can be an overwhelming experience, starting with just pronouncing them (it's vee-own-YAY). They also can be almost too aromatic on the nose and rich and unctuous on the palate. The Chateau de Pennautier Viognier ($13) is a better introduction to this grape than the offerings from nearby Condrieu, kinder and gentler but still full-bodied and full-flavored. It's a fresh and peach-y white with gorgeous color and a smooth, spicy finish. Chicken or game birds from the grill or oven are the ideal accompaniment. Available at Bacchus, Liquor Barrel (St. Louis Park), Top Valu, Vino 100, Princeton's, Skol and others.


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