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A cool white for summer nights? Viognier is your ticket



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The pinnacle of the Yalumba viognier program is the Yalumba Viognier Virgilius 2008 ($55) another Eden Valley label. Look for a jump in intensity that reveals spicy, floral, ginger, orange rind and grapefruit aromas that preview a delicate but full palate of grapefruit, ginger, guava, honey and nutty lees flavours. A cooler style Virgilius but with fine elegance for current drinking.

As you can see the style is varied and the opportunities to get to know viognier endless.

An interesting way to get your friends on board is to serve it before dinner with cured meats or satays with peanut sauce or simply a bowl of salty bar nuts. Let the summer begin.

Anthony Gismondi is a globetrotting wine writer who makes his home in West Vancouver, British Columbia. For more of his thoughts on wine log onto