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Meet Virginia Viognier

Honeysuckle, citrus blossom, gardenias and peaches ~ Garden meets orchard in a glass of Little Washington Winery's Virginia Viognier. Emerging from the tiny Rhone appellation in Condrieu, Viognier is making a comeback from near extinction and has become a rising star as Virginia's signature grape.

This is one temperamental, highly sensitive, unpredictable grape. If picked too early, she fails to display her full profile of flavors and aromas; picked too late she makes wines that are oily and lacking in perfume.

Treat her just right, and a seductive, exuberant, unbelievably rich white wine, with an alluring bouquet of expressive floral aromas and powerful flavors of peach, apricot and mango comes through. A round and lush texture on the palate with little acidity makes her the perfect match with foods flavored with fruit salsa and grilled seafood. Balancing flamboyance with crispness, Virginia Viognier is the perfect garden party playmate.