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Full Bodied Whites

Viognier
Viognier has been hailed as the new chardonnay because of its medium to slightly fuller bodied flavor and also because itís a versatile wine that can compliment a wide variety of foods and situations. However just a few years ago this varietal was almost extinct with only a few hectares left in the Northern Rhone appellation of France. Now with careful cultivation by the French, the grape has come back and is being used to make some very fine product. A word of advice on choosing the best ones; choose a French maker because they have it just right. Some of the new world products have problems leading to a lack of balance and excessive alcohol. Not as tasty. Flavors here are less citrus-y than some of the lighter whites, expect peach, melon and honey. Delicious!

Gewurztraminer
Think lush, lush lush! The flavors here are of rich lychee fruits, sweet spice and loads of flowers. Itís a ripe sexy wine thatís a wonderful accompaniment to spicy foods. Try it with Cajun, Szechuan and those specialty Indian dishes. So often itís difficult to know what to order or serve with these spectacular ethnic dishes. Gewurztraminer should be your choice. The absolute best choices come from Germany and the Alsatian region of France. 

Oaked Chardonnay
Our traditional favorite because itís rich full and buttery. Loads of vanilla here some can almost taste a little tropical and even others have a slightly smoky flavor. This is serious dinner wine and a superb accompaniment to roast pork, turkey a good roast chicken dinner and hard cheeses. It can also be served with some Thai dishes if you like. Chardonnay is available from most countries but truly, the French ones are the best. A little tip here; some products are artificially oaked with oak chips giving them a stronger oak flavor, a little like chewing on a 2 X 4. Avoid these if you can. The gentler oak flavor occurs because the wine is aged in expensive oak barrels. Here the flavor if oak is just right.
 

 

Light White Wine
 

Medium Bodied White Wine
 

Full Bodied White Wine