Something to Wine About: Long Island Viognier


When thinking of Long Island wines, one may think cabernet Franc for red, chardonnay, or riesling for white. But another beautiful Long Island wine to consider is Viognier. Viognier is a grape most often associated with the Rhone Valley region in France, but two Long Island vineyards have captured the essence of this lovely grape and have produced two wines that are both approachable and elegant.  

Viognier Peconic

The first, the 2018 RGNY Viognier. This sophisticated wine is produced from 100% Viognier grapes fermented in stainless steel tanks with 20% of the juice being aged for six months in French oak. There are no oak flavor characteristics imparted to the wine, but there is a lovely soft mouth feel. This wine is supple, smooth, floral, with light notes of pineapple. It retails for $33. Check out the RGNY website here: rgnywine.com.

The second is the 2020 Peconic Bay Vineyards Viognier. This gorgeous wine is in a graceful Mosel style bottle and the wine inside is equally lovely. Unlike the RGNY Viognier, this wine spends no time in oak. Peconic Bay’s winemaker Greg Gove said, “This wine was entirely fermented in stainless steel at cool temperatures.” He added, “I used a strain of yeast known for expressing the aromatic character of this varietal.” This is a lyrical wine with notes of citrus fruit, hibiscus, and honeysuckle. It’s also soft and silky smooth. It retails for $22. Visit the Peconic Bay Vineyards website here: peconic-bay-vineyards.square.site.

This wine varietal is a pleasure to pair with light foods such as salads, seafood, and pasta, with light or creamy sauces. While easily a go-to wine for the summer, it shouldn’t be ruled out year-round as a light refreshing alternative without any overly aggressive citrus or acidity to expected whites such as sauvignon blanc or even pinot grigio. 

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