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The Wow Wine – Viognier

Love full-bodied whites? Who doesn’t! Especially as the summer breeze begins to blow and you feel like sipping something on warm evenings. When one thinks of a rich full-bodied white, Chardonnay is the most common wine that comes to one’s mind. However, for people who are tired of drinking Chardy’s, Viognier can be an interesting alternative. For those of you who know less about this delicious wine varietal, we have some interesting information to share.

Viognier originated from the South of France and gradually began to be grown in many other countries like Australia, Chile, Argentina, Italy, South Africa and the USA. Viognier wines are mostly brimming with interestingly peachy aromas along with some tangerine, mango, and honeysuckle. This makes it a good option for people who like floral aromas in their wines. For those who don’t, should look out for oak aged Viogniers as they have vanilla and spiced fragrances.

Depending on the region it is hailing from and the winemaker who makes it, a Viognier can range from being light and spritzy to being bold and creamy. Also, this grape is so versatile that the wine can be made in both dry and fruity styles. The taste of the wine will vary in both. The off-dry or dry Viognier can taste slightly bitter than the fruitier styles.

Now, that you’ve decided to try this wine varietal, you’ll be wondering what to pair it with. That is not so difficult once you’ve picked your bottle.

It’ll be interesting to know that this wine pairs with many food varieties depending on whether it is light bodied, medium or full-bodied. Some safe options to try include poached Salmon, roasted chicken, lobster, crab, roasted turkey etc.

Some of the best Viognier wines in Australia hail from Barossa Valley, Eden Valley, and Adelaide Hills. You can easily find a bottle between $15 to $25.


Best Temperature at Which Cabernet Sauvignon is Stored and Served


If you have started drinking wine recently, then there are a lot of things that you need to know from the peers or the contact related to wines. The first is, of course, which wines shall I drink? Whether these shall be reds, whites, sparkling or others? People will share their experiences and give suggestions. Finally, you will decide on which varietal to drink. The next conundrum is, of course, which brand to drink? Again, your near and dear ones or online wine research would come to rescue and help you select the wine brand. Once initiated, you will slowly begin to take your own call, experiment on your own and, after a few months, settle down to some selected wines.
While this purchase behaviour is commonly expected for most of the beginners, it is highly uncommon to find someone who can tell at what temperature a particular type of wine is best consumed. Whether there is a need for refrigeration, at what temperature and for how long are the questions which always intrigue wine drinkers- beginners or long-timers, both. Temperature plays a very important role when it comes to enjoying wine. If it is simply drinking, then any temperature is good enough. But, when it comes to enjoying, then the right temperature plays a critical role.
Wine temperature generally refers to two aspects- storage and serving.
Ideal Storage Temperature
The article is based on some research done on knowing what is the best temperature at which the cabernet sauvignon wines are to be stored and served. The best Cabernet Sauvignon wines are full-bodied and have tannins which give it structure and it improves in quality with aging. With aging, the tannins soften which make it more flavoursome. If the temperature is too warm, then storing leads to lose of flavour. Further, rapid changes to temperature are not desirable at all. Hence, a steady temperature of about 5-18 degrees centigrade is good.
Ideal Serving Temperature
For the purpose of serving the best of Cabernet Sauvignon wines, the ideal temperature is about 16 degrees centigrade, which is the room temperature. Thus, if you take out a cab sauv stored in refrigerator, you need to leave it at room temperature for about half an hour to drink it at its best. However, if it has been stored at room temperature, then it needs to be refrigerated for about 30 minutes.
If you have been deviating from this best practice of maintaining a right temperature for serving, you can now feel the difference by adhering to it now.
Do let us know using the comment section below about your experiences.

White Wines Vineyard Area Trends Since 2001

White Wines Vineyard Area Trends
 Chardonnay Vineyard Area Chardonnay is the most important white wine varietal of Australia in terms of area under its viticulture. Unfortunately, the vineyard area under it has been declining since 2007. From 2001 to 2007, the area increased but from 2007 onwards, it began to decline.
 Riesling wines Vineyards area Riesling vineyard area has also seen a decline in recent years. From 2001 to 2009, the area increased marginally. But, from 2010, it began to decline with lowest ever area being in 2015.
 Pinot Gris vineyard area Piont Gris vineyards increases in area exponentially from 2004 to 2012 which showed increasing interest of people in this grape varietal, but from thereon, it has remained stable.
 Semillon vineyard area Vineyard area under the Semillon grapes has declined sharply in 2015 since attaining peak during three years from 2007-2009.
 Verdelhi vineyard area Verdelho white wines were quite popular in Australia at a point of time in recent past. But, 2015 saw a sharp decline in acreage under cultivation.
 Sauvignon Blanc vineyard area Increasing interest of general public in Australian Sauvignon Blanc wines has increased the demand since 2001. The result has been a consequent increase in acreage till 2010. It decline marginally thereafter to settle at 6000 hectares in 2015.
 Viognier Vineyard Area Viognier saw good and steady incrase in vineayrd area since 2001 and up to 2010. But it saw a decline thereafter. Decline was particularly steep till 2015 to reach levels of 2004.

Stunning Pinot Grigio Wines of Australia

Following video lists six Pinot Grigio Wines from popular labels of Australia such as Robert Oatley, Yellow Tail, De Bortoli that will melt your heart away. These are –

1.Rest Reserve Estate Pinot Grigio

2.Robert Oatley Wild Oats Pinot Grigio

3.Yellow Tail Pinot Grigio

4.Cumulus Block 50 Pinot Grigio

5.De Bortoli La Bossa Pinot Grigio

6.Berton Vineyards Head Over Heels Pinot Grigio

Top 5 Popular Verdelho Wines in Australia

These Verdelho wines are lovable and likable. Small gems in your collection. Try out these amazing wines. These wines will surprise you with its flavors and appeal. Out of the ordinary, these wines are highly recommended to turn a boring evening to something worthwhile. Bring them home to please your senses.