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Silver Sandhill Viognier 2018
Lodi, California

Crossing Delancey (1988)
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23 @ 10:15 PM (ET)

A delightful, often overlooked romantic comedy, Crossing Delancy’s charm, like a good wine, only improves with age. The movie follows “Izzy” Grossman (Amy Irving) on her quest for Mr. Right. It pairs well with Viognier, an engaging white grape variety, which itself was also almost forgotten and has only recently enjoyed a resurgence. This full and fruity wine nicely complements this lovable romance.

THE WINE

Long before the Lodi region and its vineyards existed, Sandhill Cranes migrated from distant Siberia to warm themselves in the rich wetlands of California. They welcomed and awed explorers with their stunning beauty – just as this gorgeous Viognier is sure to dazzle your guests. Hailing from the stellar 2018 vintage, it showcases everything wine enthusiasts love about Viognier: expressive honeysuckle aromas, vibrant, stone-fruit flavors, and a lusciously full-bodied, yet refreshing, character. Pour a glass and allow yourself to be transported to the wilds of California.

THE REGION

As Master of Wine Jancis Robinson says, “Lodi is a seriously interesting location for growing grapes.” (Wine Enthusiast certainly agrees – they named it the 2015 Region of the Year.) Like the famous Napa Valley, Lodi’s warm summer climate is tempered by occasional morning fog. While it’s better known for rich reds like Zinfandel, Lodi can also produce top whites with seriously ripe flavors – especially in a fantastic vintage like 2018.

THE GRAPE

GI_grapes_viognier_NZViognier makes some of the world’s most opulent whites. And to think: just 20 years ago (after being torn up in favor of more ‘fashionable’ varieties), it was down to just a few acres of vineyards in its northern Rhône home, the tiny appellation of Condrieu. Happily, it’s enjoying a resurgence in popularity, as winemakers and wine lovers everywhere embrace its heady apricot/honeysuckle character.

WITH FOOD

latin_cevicheWith its fruit-forward character, this Viognier can stand up to mildly spicy dishes. Try pairing it with Asian-inspired noodle bowls (Pad Thai, anyone?) or Latin cuisine. Chicken enchiladas with a jalapeño cream cheese sauce, fish tacos seasoned with chili powder, or classic ceviche would all be tasty pairings. Not a fan of spice? Go for tangy orange chicken or grilled shrimp.

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