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Temecula Valley – Leonesse Cellars

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Leonesse Cellars  in Temecula Valley

4/5 Ranking

2011 Melage de Blanc Viognier

Viognier from Leonesse Cellars

Wine review and rating for a white wine blend from Temecula Valley

2011 Melange de Blanc

Leonesse Cellars is on of my favorite wineries in the Temecula Valley.  Some serious wine aficionados may laugh when I say this winery produces some excellent wines.  But that’s only because they haven’t had the pleasure of sipping their offerings.  As the saying goes, “Don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it.”  You are missing out.

This is a Viognier/Grenache Blanc blend.  It’s very aromatic with flavors of white peach, apricot and pear.  It’s a wine you can drink with or without food. We tried it at the winery with lobster bisque.  Leonesse Cellars has a big tasting room with a separate wine room for special tastings, which need to be purchased in advance. You’ll love this wine come Spring/Summer. $24


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If you are looking for a white wine other than Chardonnay, then try Viognier

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Many people have gotten fed up drinking heavy-oaked Chardonnay wines

California winemakers have a lot to be happy about.  California wines consistently rank and complete successfully against the best wines in the world.  California Chardonnay hit full stride in the early 1990s, becoming the drink of choice for most wine drinkers.  When diners and bar patrons think of white wine, they automatically think of Chardonnay, so much so that the terms have almost become interchangeable.  As a result, more and more producers started making “me too” bottles that were indistinguishable from one another, and many were so heavily oak aged that all the crisp, fruity characteristics of Chardonnay were obliterated. Read More >

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