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National Viognier Day
April 6 All day
At Bingham Family Vineyards, we have one of the largest selections of estate wines to share with our friends. Which means that we grow all of the grapes and produce all of our own wine at our vineyard and winery in Meadow, Texas in the Texas High Plains AVA.
We even offer our club members a selection of either an oaked or an unoaked Viognier. Currently these wines are reserved for club members only, but our subscription club is so easy to join that you may want to try it. Choose what wines you receive and when you will receive them. That is the basis for our wine club. Read more about our wine club here.
There are many days to celebrate wine. Wine Folly has an “official” list on their web site. The Texas Wine Lovers site has another list.
On the Texas Wine Lover site, Jeff Cope’s list gives a couple of ideas for new days. One of those ideas is a National Viognier Day on April 6th. His reasoning sounds good.
“National Viognier Day – Viognier was one of the first white wines that did well in Texas and a lot of people still think of Viognier as the white grape of Texas. One of the first wineries that showed the world how Texas can make great Viognier is Pedernales Cellars when they won a Grand Gold at the 2013 Concours International des Vins à Lyon (Lyon International Wine Competition) in France with their 2012 Viognier Reserve. From some research, it seems that the competition was held on April 6, 2013, so April 6 is now National Viognier Day.” — Texas Wine Lover web site
Bingham Family Vineyards grew grapes for three different Texas wineries that had winning wines at that competition that year. We still grow Viognier grapes for Pedernales Cellars for their “Seriously Texas Wine” which is still winning awards today.
We can also offer you our own Viognier. We have both oaked and unoaked Viognier for our friends celebration. Which do you like best? Or try both?
If you like an oaked white wine try our 2019 Reserve Viognier. This wine pairs well with grilled pork chops with pineapple relish or baked brie.
Or enjoy our 2021 unoaked Viognier fermented in stainless steel
Bingham Family Vineyards 2021 Viognier is a full bodied, crisp, clean white. Fermented at cold temperatures in stainless steel. The Viognier grapes were harvested at 24 brix in mid-September. For 2021 we decided to try something new with our Viognier. Instead of pressing 100% of the fruit immediately after harvesting, we set a portion aside and gave it 18 hours of skin contact. The 18 hours of grape skin contact gave the wine a unique full body character when blended back together. Our winemaker, Sam Jennings, considers this one of his favorite wines of 2021. This High Plains Viognier is truly one of a kind.
Full bodied, bold and cream. It almost tastes sweet, but there is no residual sugar. Tastes of honeysuckle and vanilla with hints of clove and spice. Aromas of green apple and melon.
Cedar plank Salmon on the grill with some shrimp skewers are Sam’s personal favorite with this wine.
Celebrate Texas Viognier by buying some today.