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Drink up some 'eye candy'

Try these to kick off your summer fun
Try these to kick off your summer fun
Julia Hollister

It’s the “eye candy” art gallery labels that grab your interest first; then it’s the unique wines in the Imagery Estate Winery selections.

The two framed works – 2012 albarino and 2013 viognier – are not distributed widely. So, grab these little gems when you taste them at the winery.

The albarino ($29) selection is known as the most popular white wine of Spain, in a region in the northwest corner of the county” said winemaker Joe Benziger. “Wet and chilly winters combined with dry, humid summers are the norm. The varietal’s unusually thick skin is necessary for the grape’s survival. The clay and loam soil in Sonoma Valley gives the grape a softer, rounder wine.”

Possibility unfamiliar to traditional wine drinkers, this varietal is very dry with green apple, burnt almonds and tangy citrus on the palate. Mineral aromas cascade into the glass.

“Our viognier ($29) comes from the cooler climate of the Russian River Valley, which allows for longer hang times,” he said. “This varietal is well-known for its floral aromas.”

This irresistible selection is packed with honeydew melon, apricot and pear aromas that repeat their performance on the palate. The winemaker suggests pouring this viognier with citrus salads or a zesty chicken bake.

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