#WineWednesday: McManis Family Vineyards Viognier

McManisMcManis Family Vineyards Viognier
Price: $9.99
Year: 2013
Region: River Junction, California
Retailer: Spec’s (check online if you live outside of Houston)

Life is pretty busy these days. I’m balancing a crazy work schedule on top of managing this blog and other passion projects. But, through it all, I always make time for my day one, wine. #istaydownwithmydayone

You can bet I’m singing, “yes new wines, yes new wines, yes, yes new.” And, since I’ve developed a pattern of equating wine to relationships (hey, it works…smh) let me introduce you to my latest boo. Viognier is like that dude you meet who has all the potential of being a good boyfriend, but for whatever reasons you’re too distracted to see it.

Oh snap…sip just got real. Let me explain.

You see, when I first tried Viognier a year ago, I knew I liked the taste, but was so fixated on my growing love for Sauvignon Blanc that it never made it into my regular wine rotation. Viognier really makes me think of where I’m at in my current dating life. Bored with the usual suspects and ready for something different. Although, I slept on this wine for a while, I’m ready to explore all that it has to offer.

Ty’s Takeaways… 

For those not familiar with Viognier (pronounced VEE-ohn-yay), it’s a white wine grape historically grown in the Northern Rhone Valley of France. About a week ago (lol), I read an article about the top wines from the 2014 Houston Livestock & Rodeo’s International Wine Competition. McManis Family Vineyards Viognier earned Top White Wine in the entire competition and it was only $10, so you know I had to try it!

This Viognier packs a powerful punch. It’s bursting with strong aromas. It took me a minute, but I was able to identify floral scents. Now if you ask, “what flower?”…in the words of my boss, “I got nothing.” I could even smell a hint of peach. This full—bodied white was very crisp…tart at first. For some reason, I could really taste the alcohol. It kind of reminded me of vodka, but with a subtle after taste of fruit. No love lost though. Hey, it’s a solid white wine for only $10. After one night, I’m still intrigued and looking forward to trying Viognier from other regions. If you’re looking for a white that’s not as dry as a Chardonnay or Pinot Grigio, it’s definitely worth taking a sip.

Overall Rating: 3 Corks

Buzzworthy: Warning: sip slow homie! I don’t know if it was the wine or my alcohol tolerance is getting lower, but this wine had my feeling really tipsy/sleepy after a couple of sips. McManis Family Vineyards Viognier contains 13.5 percent alcohol. Most whites fall between 5-14 percent. Sorry, I don’t have actual numbers for Viognier, but it’s up there in the white wine family. Like I said before, this bottle packs a powerful punch, so sip with ease and enjoy.


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