It is *curieuse* indeed why an enchanting variety like Viognier might almost go extinct, with approximately only 80 acres planted worldwide in the 1980s. Since then, world-renowned regions like France's Condrieu have brought Viognier out of the shadows and onto the world stage, where it belongs. This particular example features all the hallmarks of the variety, from the delicate white floral aromas to the lovely flavors of peach and apricot on the palate, all lifted by a vein of acidity. Dishes that incorporate ginger and stone fruits are sure to make stellar accompaniments.
Pays D'Oc, Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Chateau d'Yquem, the Bordeaux estate in Sauternes known to produce the world's most coveted sweet dessert wine, was beloved by Russian czars. The brother of Duke Constantine bought 400 barrels of the 1847 vintage for 20,000 gold francs.