Skip to main content
  1. Leisure
  2. Food & Drink
  3. Drinks

Wine of the week: Storybook Mountain Viognier 2011

See also

Viognier is one of those sexy white varietals that still don’t get enough attention, despite the fact that's it's leading the white wine parade for the California Rhone Rangers contingent. Many are made in a distractingly, overly perfumed and seemingly sweet style, quite the antithesis of their French counterparts.

Leave it to a Napa Valley vintner, Dr. Jerry Seps of Storybook Mountain Vineyards, and one known as a zinfandel specialist at that, to turn out a convincingly dry viognier. Fermented to dryness and aged on its lees (the spent yeast cells), the aromatics take a little coaxing and the flavors are taut as well. Peach, nectarine and apricot are all there, powerfully expressed and making full impact on mid palate, as well as honeysuckle, jasmine and a distinct minerality. Crisp and clean, it’s exactly the type of scintillating white wine I prefer with food.

Storybook Mountain Viognier, Napa Valley 2011 ($29.99).

Previous wine of the week: J Pinot Gris, Russian River Valley, Cooper Vineyard 2012 ($28).



  • Corned beef
    Find out how to prepare a classic corned beef recipe in a slow cooker
    Slow Cooker Tips
  • Left handed eating
    Find out why you should never eat with your left hand
    Wives Tale
  • Subway message
    Subway customer finds 'Big Mama' written on her order
    Subway Message
  • Deviled eggs
    This is the only deviled egg recipe you’ll need this Easter
    Delicious Eggs
  • Natural solutions
    Natural beauty: All natural solutions to life's little beauty headaches
    Natural Solutions
  • Chocolate souffle
    Love chocolate? Get tips on making the perfect chocolate souffle every time
    Recipe 101

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about and apply today!