Dion Vineyard, Chehalem Mountains, Willamette Valley, Oregon
Crown cap closure
It’s a real treat to get your hands on a Viognier from the Willamette Valley since not much is planted there! Add some fizz and it’s akin to a cherry atop your ice cream sundae. 😉
Floral aromas of honeysuckle and gardenia flowers, and…. interestingly, Spanish peanut skins!
This Pét-nat is off-dry, so technically it’s on the sweeter end of the wine spectrum. However, it also has abundant acidity that nicely balances the sweetness. By bottling before the end of fermentation, some bubbles are retained, hence the “fizzy by nature.”
I tasted a wide variety of flavors in this wine. Everything from honeysuckle flowers, underripe mangos, and honeydew melons. And also mandarin oranges, green apples, honey stick with a pineapple juice finish.
Food pairing suggestions:
As the label suggests, a picnic with friends is an excellent way to drink this Pét-nat! Pour carefully (and often), and enjoy responsibly. Some other ideas are ham and brie baguette sandwiches, salad with apples and nuts, roasted tomato soup.
Michele Francisco, a founder and regular contributor to Winerabble, a blog primarily about Pacific Northwest wines, is living the dream in Portland, Oregon. Her passion leads some to believe she's got wine running through her veins. Contact Michele at firstname.lastname@example.org & be sure to visit her online portfolio at www.michelefrancisco.com.