Le Paradou Viognier 2013


Simple and easy drinking, this is a fun, budget friendly, Viognier from the Languedoc.

Winery: Le Paradou is a project created in 2005 by winemaking brothers Alexandre and Frédéric Chaudière. The Chaudière family has been making wine in the Southern Rhône AOC of Côtes du Ventoux for many generations at Château Pesquié. The word ‘Paradou’ refers to the ancient windmills that once dotted the landscape of the Languedoc.

Philosophy: One of the goals the brothers have with the Le Paradou range is to infuse the wines with the values of living in the south of France; “These pleasures are pure and simple, they are those of sharing and of enjoying the small pleasures in life”.

Winemaking: The Chaudières practice sustainable, integrated farming methods with an emphasis on respect for the environment, and they do not use any chemical fertilizers or pesticides. This Viognier was hand harvested from high altitude vineyards and fermented in stainless steel.

Tasting Notes: Straw yellow in colour with vibrant aromas of peach, grapefruit and rain-washed minerals. Touches of honey framed red apple and pear flavours, whilst grapefruit notes comprised the dry, zippy finish.

100% Viognier
Vin de France
Mis en Bouteille by SARL Famille Chaudière, Négociant à F84570
12.5% Alcohol
Enjoy now thru 2015

Cline Viognier 2011


After one day of respite, the heat and humidity returned, sending the temperature up to nearly 100 degrees. Even with central air, the oppressive heat somehow still reaches into your mindset and insists that you reach for a nicely chilled, refreshing glass. I obliged and gave a pour to Cline Viognier 2011. Since 2000, Cline Cellars has practiced natural and sustainable farming. They do not use chemical pesticides, fungicides or fertilizers. They believe that sustainable methods are far more efficient and result in better wines. A few of their highly effective methods are using organic cover crops, compost teas, crushed volcanic rocks and oyster shells and sheep grazing. In order to capture the highest character and flavor of the grapes, they approach each of their appellations individually and stylistically. In addition to being hand harvested, this bottling was also fermented in stainless steel in order to maintain and magnify the fresh fruit flavours.

Pale amber in colour, wonderfully assertive aromas of orange blossom, peach, and banana rose from my glass. Summery peach and apricot flavours mingled with crisp pear in lush, medium body. Thirst-quenching tart citrus and spicy notes comprised the moderate finish.  Abounding with fruit, yet refreshingly dry, this is a robust and lively glass lovely on its own or at the table, especially with spicy dishes.

100% Viognier

North Coast
Vinted and Bottled by Cline Cellars, Sonoma
14% Alcohol
Enjoy now thru 2013