While in Virginia on vacation, I picked up four bottles of Virginia wines, figuring I would try all four and choose one to review. Tonight I opened up the second bottle and had maybe the best white wine find of this summer, a 2006 Michael Shaps Viognier from the King Family Vineyards.
*Michael Shaps has established a reputation for high quality that ranks on an international scale with some of the best wines in the world. For the past eight vintages Michael has created these wines with careful attention to the details of fine wine production. The wines are produced with a traditional old-world style. The whites focus on varietal intensity and the retention of natural acidity. *Virginia Wineworks
The color was very white and clear, almost like water with a little golden hue. The aroma was light with apricot, peach and honeysuckle. This was more light bodied than other Viogniers I had. The fruit flavors with some citrus, like a clementine, filled the mouth and the finish was long and smooth. A lot like between a Sauvignon Blanc and a Gewurztraminer.
This Viognier went OK with a meal of pork hot dogs(a little spicey), fresh corn on the cob and turnip greens(not my choice). I would have rather had pork chops or a pork loin. The price was also a little higher than I like to pay for a Viognier, but this is the best I have had and maybe the best white wine of the summer. I found the wine at Total Wine & More in Virginia Beach for $23, so I can't call it a great buy, but it is definitely a good buy and will look for more Michael Shaps wine on my next trip to Virginia.