Wine of the Week: Bedell Cellars 2013 Viognier

Grilling under blue skies for the first time in a season calls for a special wine that pairs perfectly with the simple, flavorful ingredients showing up on the table. While it’s still nowhere near warm enough for me (C’mon 85 degrees!), it has been warm enough for outdoor dining a couple of times, and this past Sunday we had a leisurely and simple dinner, paired with a bottle of wine from our recent North Fork trip.

Bedell Viognier

Our time at Bedell Cellars was simply incredible; I have a full blog post coming, but I took so many pictures and took in so much information that it is taking its time coming together. We picked up quite a bit of wine while visiting Bedell, and well, you know I love my Viognier.

This Viognier embodies some of the greatest characteristics brought to wine by the North Fork terroir, mineral notes and salinity, along with up front notes of peach and pear.

I think this wine is absolutely perfect with grilled fish and vegetables. It is fresh and bright enough to bring out the flavors of the food without overwhelming them.


We paired the Bedell Viognier with a simple dinner of grilled salmon, zucchini, and asparagus, all sprinkled lightly with olive oil and lemon pepper. The wine and dinner were easy like Sunday evening.

grilled salmon and asparagus

I love sampling Viognier from different wine regions and comparing the taste and texture. It’s a grape I love to explore and one that I think is ideal for summer.

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  1. Michelle Lahey’s avatar

    I haven’t met a viognier I didn’t like! I love simple grilled dinners like this, too. Sounds like a wonderful pairing!


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