An Affordable & Delicious Viognier

*** I received this wine as a sample. ***

While I love to bake, I’m not a very good cook.  It’s not that I don’t like cooking, it’s just that I don’t really know what I’m doing and, beyond the couple of dishes that I do well, the things I try are range from not very good to inedible.  So, after a few years together, Hubby decided to take over the cooking…and he’s been the dinner maker ever since.

This year, I decided that it was time for me to take over dinner one night a week.  I’m starting out simple, and except for the weeks that I’ve been traveling for work, I’ve stuck to my plan.  Everything I’ve made has been edible, but only a couple of the dishes were actually good.  One of the successes was a broiled chicken breast with lemon and thyme, which I found in Food & Wine magazine.

And, as any good cook does, I opened a bottle of wine as I started the evening’s cooking adventure, which included my using almost every dish in the kitchen and only one instance of the fire alarm going off (significant improvement over the three times it went off the first week I made dinner).

2012 Fortant Hills Reserve Viognier

2012 Fortant Hills Reserve Viognier

The 2012 Fortant Hills Reserve Viognier (winery) is a Vin de Pays d’Oc, which is a wine from the Languedoc-Roussillon region in Southern France, and this wine is made with 100% Viognier grapes.  The wine was a medium lemon yellow.  On the nose, there were apricots, pears, and white flowers.  In the mouth, there were apricots, pears, and white flowers with hints of honey and pineapple.  The wine was medium body with a nice minerality and medium acidity.

Is this worth a glass after work? Definitely!  If you see this wine in the store, grab it; you won’t be disappointed.  At an SRP of $13, this wine has an excellent quality-price ratio.  It has great flavors, is easy to drink, and is very food-friendly.  In fact, it was a beautiful pairing with the chicken breast and corn with thyme and butter that I made for dinner.

Long-time readers know that while I tend to be skeptical of grape-haters, Viognier is not one of my favorite types of wine.  In fact, several readers have been critical of my lack-of-love for the grape, so I’ve taken my own advice and been more open-minded towards it…and I’m happy that I have or I would have missed out on this wine.   If you’re looking for a great every day white wine, keep your eye out for the Fortant Hills Reserve Viognier.

Question of the Day: Are you the cook in your house?  How did you learn how to cook?  And, where do you get your dinner recipe ideas?

Suggested Retail Price: $13
Received as a sample.
Overall: 4 Corks

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