My pick: The 2006 Viognier from Twisted Oak, a blend from five different vineyards in Calaveras County, $17.60 direct from the winery.
Light gold in color, it had really attractive jasmine, citrus, stone and blossom aromas. It had different tastes than the aromas, with apricot, peach, peach pit and minerals added to the mix. There was a pleasant, slightly sourish character that I associate with this grape. The wine had a rounded, slightly oily mouthfeel with good backing acidity and a lengthy finish.
Very tasty, very good! Two thumbs up for sure. Compared to the 2005 I had back in February, I could tell the difference a year makes - both were good but the youth of the 2006 was obvious. I think it's drinking very well right now.
If you've stuck with the more common grapes such as Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc, by all means give the varieties from the White Rhone a try. They are most definitely worth it!
Here's an exuberant YouTube video to match the wine (if you can't see the video below, please click here).
The woman in the video has made a previous appearance in this blog, but it is just coincidence that she happened to be in it when I searched for the song.
Here's a link to the CD at Amazon.com: Songs In The Key of Life.