The Liquor Control Board of Ontario $15 and under corner: Gérard Bertrand Réserve Spéciale Viognier 2018

Viognier when done right makes me think of peaches and honey.

This Viognier is from a well-known producer of moderately priced wine.

On the nose a solid hit of apricot, peach and mango.

On the palate almost silky and restrained acidity. It has a full mouth feel with notes of apricot, peach and of course honey. It has a long finish that creeps up on you.

Bertrand has delivered on this wine.

I would think with this wine butter garlic shrimp or scampi or a curried tomato, lentil and coconut soup. It also sips very well on its own.

Best to drink this year.

(Gérard Bertrand Réserve Spéciale Viognier 2018, IGP Pays d’Oc, Gérard Betrand, Narbonne, France, $14.95, LCBO # 147975, 750 mL, 13%, Robert K. Stephen A Little Birdie Rating 91/100).

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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