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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

2009 McManis Viognier: Good with Indian Food, Perfect for Indian Summer

Posted By on Wed, Sep 29, 2010 at 4:16 PM

As we head toward the end of our brief, glorious summer there's one last opportunity to drink in the cooling refreshment of a crisp white wine.

The sheer number of wines that fit this description can be overwhelming, sometimes expensive, and not always rewarding. As much as the Cakebreads, Duckhorns, and Sancerres of the world delight the palate, they tend to depress the wallet. But there are alternatives to shelling out $25-$50 dollars a bottle to beat the heat. Take Runquist winemaker Jeff Runquist's second label, McManis, which offers several varietals of exceptional quality.

McManis' 2009 Viognier is just the ticket for watching the Giants this Sunday afternoon, or for enjoying a bottle (or five) with friends on the patio. Coming in at a price point less than $10, it edges out the competition with crisp apricot and floral notes, and ripe citrus that seamlessly mingles with expressive acids and subtle minerals. It's 100 percent stainless-steel fermented, with a vibrant acidity that's an ideal complement to much of the food we eat in this city with guiltless abandon: Thai, Chinese, even sushi. Plus it's among the few wines that could enhance Indian food, without serving as a vehicle merely for quelling spice.

It's an easy find, a marvelous value, and an impressive release. So save your dollars for an extra order of chicken tikka masala.

2009 McManis Family Vineyards Viognier: $8.99 at the Wine Club, 953 Harrison (at Oak Grove); $9.99 at the Jug Shop, 1590 Pacific (at Polk).

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