The label of this wine, K Viognier, intrigued me. We were out to dinner at a very fine restaurant and of course I needed a good wine to enjoy with my meal. It was a sweltering day in my area, so a cold glass of white wine such as this K Viognier was in order.
K Viognier Vintners
Charles Smith established K Vintners, located at the base of the Blue Mountains in Walla Walla, Washington in 2001. He is a gifted self-taught winemaker, considered a pioneer in this new wine world we now reside. From his first opening until now he has received numerous accolades for his wines and winery. Such as Best New Wineries of the Last Ten Years and Winery of the Year/Wine & Spirits magazine, Winemaker of the Year/Food & Wine magazine. K Vintners firmly believes in giving back to the community through donations and charitable events to support many innovative programs that offer help to improve people’s lives.
Some fun facts about Charles Smith are he grew up in the Sierra foothills area of California. He moved to Europe for love then found himself immersed in the rock band world for awhile, where, strangely enough, he found his passion for wine. He then moved back to the States in 1999 to open a wine shop on Bainbridge Island, Washington. While on a road trip to Walla Walla, Charles met a young French winemaker. From that chance meeting, he opened his first winery, and the rest is history.
The information about the label was interesting because it came from a dream had by Charles at a very difficult time. From that point on all of his labels − edgy, black and white − have become synonymous with K Vintners & Charles Smith Wines. Aside from the fact that I think they’re cool, you certainly can’t miss them when perusing the sea of wines when at a wine store or shop. To add to the coolness factor, K Vintners tasting room is an old converted auto-repair warehouse with two large crank-operated steel swing windows that open onto sidewalk seating in Walla Walla.
This is what the winemaker has to say about their K Viognier:
“A seductive nose with Meyer lemon, sandalwood giving way to a rich palate of confectionary fruit, dried orange rind, Honeydew melon and beeswax. A beautiful and generous wine.”
You can find this refreshing white wine on their website, wine.com, totalwine.com or many good wine purveyors or stores.
It was as I said, a very refreshing white wine that went especially well with my chicken with lemon in wine sauce. It’s a wine I will be storing in my wine chiller for those hot summer days. Enjoy.
Time for a glass…