Kent’s Pick: 2016 Maryhill Viognier, $12.99

I have to thank my friends Josh and Stephanie for recommending this wine to me—they know I enjoy a glass of Viognier every now and then. Viognier is a white grape that is mostly grown in the Rhône region of France, and it is often used in the white blends of the Côtes du Rhône and Chateauneuf Du Pape. The Rhône region of Condrieu is where the grape truly shines and there are some spectacular Viogniers coming from there, although they are considerably more expensive than this one. The Maryhill comes from four different vineyard sites within the Columbia Valley AVA in Washington. On the nose, the wine shows white peach, a touch of orange blossom and the light floral note that Viognier is known for. On the palate, the wine shows nice acidity, but still maintains a creamy mouthfeel without being cloying. The wine has flavors of white peach, nectarine, honey, and orange zest, and will go well with a number of different cheeses (think brie or white stilton with apricots). It can also be paired with seafood. This wine will be a great addition to any holiday gathering.  Happy Holidays!