Viognier & Viognier-Steamed Clams with Bacon and Parsnips
The Grape Virginia is showing the potential to produce the finest Viognier outside the Rhône's Condrieu appellation—perhaps one day taking that honor from California. The best Virginia Viogniers have nuances of blossoms, white peaches, pears and minerals, almost always at more modest alcohol levels than the ultraripe California versions.
The Place Though Virginia is warm, it's less sunny than California. The harvest is long and slow, meaning the grapes can develop their distinctive flavors before sugar levels (and consequently alcohol levels) shoot sky-high.