We went to a really charming Winebar up in Antioch, IL to see our friend Jon play guitar and sing at a wine tasting.
While browsing the racks, I came across a bottle of Viognier in the "Other" appellation section.
We’re fans of the James May/Oz Clarke shows on BBCAmerica; one of Clarke’s favorite types of wines is Viognier, which he loved to pronounce just to wind James up.
Dutifully, I over pronounced "Vee-OHN-yeh. Vee-OHN-yeh." But we bought an inexpensive Pinot Noir-based sparkling wine anyway at the owner’s recommendation, because she said it paired well with savory holiday foods.
We were at Catbridge Cellars, a charming little place with antique ceilings and wonderful literary quotations painted on the walls in various fonts.
Title: Oz Clarke Would Approve: Illinois Winebar Carries Viognier
Originally uploaded: 5 Dec ’11, 9.28am CST
We live just outside Woodinville, WA, which is home to over 85 tasting rooms and other wine-related stuff. We have been turned onto Viognier recently from a couple of different wineries (Airfield Estates is good) and like it quite a bit when chilled.