Virginia Viognier: Perfect Pairing for Goat Cheese

by dccheese on August 5, 2011

in American-MidAtlantic,Bubbly,events,French,pairings,Vinos,white wines

I recently crashed a virtual Twitter wine tasting of Virginia viogniers. When I read about a sparkling viognier that was part of the line up, from Horton Vineyards in Madison County, Va., I had to check it out. You know, for research purposes. (You’re welcome.) Unfortunately that was the only of the “official” viogniers I was able to find on short notice, but I picked up a bottle of Veritas Vineyards viognier for comparison. The viogniers I’ve tasted thus far are floral and fruity (notes of pear and peach) without being sweet, making them ideal for pairing with cheese. As expected, both of these viogniers are perfect with goat cheeses — bloomy-rinds in particular. And at $25, Horton’s sparkling viognier is another budget-friendly stand-in for champagne.

horton sparkling viognier

For the tasting, my cheese board consisted of: goat d’affinois (France), Point Reyes Toma (cow, California), Marieke 2-year gouda (cow, Wisconsin) and Hook’s Little Boy Blue (sheep, Wisconsin). Now Artisanal advised staying away from blues or sheeps-milk with viognier, but I had to be a rebel. Alas, they were probably right — this blue was too acidic for the wine. I was pleasantly surprised by the aged gouda with the sparkling viognier, but the goat was the winning match.

At the all-American goat tasting, we poured the Veritas viognier, which went nicely with each cheese — but again, it was particularly nice with the bloomy-rind Monocacy Gold. If you can get your hands on some Caromont goat cheese from Virginia, you can take the Virginia love-fest one step further. But in any case, look for Virginia viognier for your next goat cheese party — you won’t be disappointed.

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Frank August 5, 2011 at 9:41 pm

Hey! Glad to have you crash that Virginia Viognier Twitter tasting (although everyone was invited, so technically no crashing needed). We paired with three excellent cheeses – Nancy’s Camembert from Old Chatham Sheepherding in New York, French Epoisse, and a Grayson.

I preferred the Grayson of the three. Viognier is a cheese friendly wine, especially with goat cheeses as you point out.

We should organize a similar Virginia wine and cheese Twitter tasting event. Cheers!

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