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As British wine writer Jancis Robinson (1%8G: t 80) noted: Quantitatively, the Viognier vine hardly deserves a mention in this hook. h y qualitathe assessment of the world"s wines, on the other hand, tends to linger over the intriping Mopier, . . Viopier produces kll-bodied, gc3ldcn wines with a haltnting and tantalisingly elusive bouquet. Some say rnay blossorn, others apricots; others musky peaches . . wen ripe pears just below the skin. . V o p i e r works a 111a@cof its own, Although reasonably drought-tolerant, Viognier vines are often troubled by powdery mildew.
T h e name, though not the vine, may have heen a corruption of the Austrian Zierfandler. esting that Zinfandel, as we know it mday, derived from the Primitivo variety mentioned above. It now is believed, however, that the Primitivu arrived in Italy some time ~fierit arrived in America. For some time, a few ampelographers believed that Zinfandel might also share some link with the Plavac Mali grape found in Dalmatia. " Rcjbards also noted that this region was once part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, from which Waraszthy returned with his cuttings in 1861, adding credence to the original story that Waraszthy had brought this cultivar to California.
Those who wish to continue consuming wines with meals without mortgaging their homes to buy them should hope for more plantings of mldvars such as tliis one. L V In recent years Petite Verdot, still another red grape grown in Bordeaux (where it is known as Petit Verdot), has commanded the highest price of any California wine grape in some recent years (an average of $1,599 per ton in 1994, compared to $862 per ton for Cabernet Sauvignon). Its high price reflect5 both an increased appreciation of its high quality and its current scarcity.
American Winescapes: The Cultural Landscapes Of America's Wine Country by Gary L Peters