A Wine for Tonight: 2011 Pepi Chenin Blanc-Viognier

By Kori ~ February 6th, 2013.

Would you like a quick suggestion for a good wine to drink tonight (or this weekend) that won’t break your budget and is widely available? If so, you might want to check out the 2011 Pepi Chenin Blanc-Viognier from California.

Our selection criteria include:

  • A very good Quality rating of >=3.5 stars (out of 5)
  • A price tag of <=$20
  • Must be widely available

Pepi Winery, located in Parlier, California, has been a pioneer in California white wine for over 40 years. Founded in 1968, Pepi sources its fruit from cool coastal vineyards. Mark Rasmussen serves as Pepi’s head winemaker. This Chenin Blanc-Viognier is produced from grapes from the Clarksburg and Central Valley growing regions.

“Our Chenin Blanc-Viognier is an appetizing blend of these two under-appreciated grapes. The Chenin Blanc supplies the backbone for the wine and displays sweet honeysuckle notes, while the Viognier allows for spicy expressions of peach and other fruit nectars. Crisp and clean, this wine has a refreshing and spritzy finish.” –Winemaker Mark Rasmussen

2011 Pepi Chenin Blanc-Viognier (Clarksburg and Central Valley, California): 66% Chenin Blanc and 34% Viognier. Pale, straw yellow in color. Aromatic with melon and floral notes on the nose. Melon, lime, and floral notes come through on the palate. Dry and light to medium-bodied with crisp acidity. Well-balanced with a long, refreshing finish.
Quality: 4 stars (out of 5)
QPR: 5 bangs for your buck (out of 5)
Where to buy: Received as sample, suggested retail $10

Filed under: A Wine for Tonight, American Wine, California Wine, Five-Bangs For Your Buck Wines, White Wine, Wines Under $10, Wines Under $15, Wines Under $20, Wines Under $25

Reader's Comments

  1. Biovinum Christoph Roeper | February 13th, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    the blend of Chenin blanc and Viognier sounds good. Freshness and light acid combined with fruityness of Viognier. Unfortunately not not available in Germany.
    best Chris