Originally Posted by kwilkinson
Hey Verds (vino nerds),
Why is viognier often blended in with Syrah? I get blending a small amount of Syrah in w/ Pinot, or Petite Sirah, or other red wines with red wines or white wines with white wines. I just don't really get the red/white crossover w/ viognier/Syrah. Are there other red/white pairs that are regularly blended together?
It is something carried over from Northern Rhone tradition, places such as Hermitage, Crouz-Hermitage, St. Joseph, etc, never have aloud grapes other than Sryah but have aloud blending with whites (usually Viognier). Alot of other Rhone regions allow blending with whites but it is done more rarely in regions such as CDP.