Top 10 White Rhone Producers

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Top 10 White Rhone Producers With this edition of the Global Tasting Initiative, we’re taking a look at a family of grapes, White Rhône varieties, as opposed to the usual mono-varietal GTi.

Since we’ve got to spread the love a bit, this list is a bit different than my usual top producers lists. I’m hitting all my favorites among the old guard but in a nod to the future, I’ve also dug deep to find the ground breakers and the movers and shakers that are making waves with Viognier, Marsanne, Roussanne, Grenache Blanc and who knows what else the world over.

Join me in raising a glass to these fine producers and the White Rhônes they produce!

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  • Being a numbers guy, I'm just mildly interested in the total # of this sampling that you were able to cull down to 10. So how many did you taste? Texas seems to have a problem with distribution so I will need more friends in NY and CA who are willing to ship me some "vinegar" from time to time! For the time being I am enjoying the local stuff.

    Apr 05, 2012 at 2:42 PM

  • Lots of imports and bigger guys. We just had the Domestic Rhone Rangers event where over a hundred producers, mostly small, poured. All of us ship wine :) Perhaps you will get around to us sometime? :)

    Apr 05, 2012 at 3:42 PM

  • I live in Oregon and absolutely love the Viognier and Grenache Blanc at Dobbes Family Estate. I think the Viognier is the best I've ever had and it is really cool that Joe Dobbes is the only winemaker in the state who is currently selling a 100% Grenache Blanc. It is always refreshing to try something unique. I wish I'd seen Oregon represented on the list above.

    Apr 06, 2012 at 12:31 PM

  • Texas is actually the best place to grow and vinify Viognier with Double Gold Medal Winners from Texas Wineries like Becker's, Lone Oak, Brennan's, McPherson, just to name a few. Andrea Imner named Becker Viognier the best Viogner she has tasted. This reaises the question, Why were Texas' great Viogniers not on the list? Is it an oversight or a bias?

    Apr 06, 2012 at 10:31 PM

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