Wine of the Day: Clif Family Viognier

In the midst of all the Cabernet Sauvignon grown in Napa Valley, select growers are producing stellar wines from other options, including Rhone favorites like Syrah, Grenache, and Viognier. Clif Family Winery highlights this with Viognier grown in the Oak Knoll AVA, north of Napa proper, that enjoys very warm days and consistently cool nights revealing a fruit-forward wine that also reveals great freshness and acidity. Producing less than 1000 cases (the 2018 vintage produced just 630) Clif Family Viognier ($32) opens with fresh roses and orange blossoms, melding into layers of ripe apricot, golden peach, tarragon, and a touch cream. If you like Chardonnay, this is an ideal option, pairing beautifully with roasted chicken, grilled shellfish, or creamy pasta.