viognier

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Etymology[edit]

Unknown. Possibly named after the French city of Vienne, or from the Roman pronunciation of via Gehennae, meaning "road to Hell".[1]

Noun[edit]

viognier ‎(countable and uncountable, plural viogniers)

  1. A type of white wine-producing grape.
    • 2007 April 4, Florence Fabricant, “Chicken Meets Fingerlings, and Trumps Lobster”, in New York Times[2]:
      Though the red we drank was fine with the dish, a white, like a rich viognier with a pedigree — a Condrieu, of course — suits it in far better style.
    • 2009 January 24, Gord Stimmell, “Greece, France, Australia shine in this release”, in Toronto Star[3]:
      In a contest, best value goes to the intensely densely fruited Western Range Julimar 2006 Shiraz/Viognier, where the white grape viognier adds lift to the dense red shiraz grapes.

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  1. ^ O. Clarke (2001) Encyclopedia of Grapes[1], ISBN 0151007144