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Brit Critic loves VA Wine from Breaux

Virginia wine Breaux Viognier

Virginia wine Breaux Viognier is recognized among Oz Clarke's Top 250.

Noted British wine writer Oz Clarke, who has been writing on fine wine for more than two decades and is Great Britain’s most recognized wine critic, recently released a new book, 250 Best Wines 2012 (available on Amazon). According to the publisher, the book includes “refreshing whites and fashionable roses…juicy, fruity gluggers to serious, spicy reds that are perfect partners for food. The guide includes sparkling wines, from Champagne to Prosecco and Cava and fizz from Australia, New Zealand and England, luscious pudding wines and ports and appetizing sherries.” Among these world-class 250, Clarke ranked Breaux Vineyards’ Viognier, from a 404 acre estate in Purcellville, VA, at Number 87.

“Securing such a highly coveted spot on Clarke’s list is nothing short of an extreme honor for the emerging brand and region, not to mention the people behind it,” says Jennifer Breaux Blosser, Breaux Vineyards’ Director of Sales. Only two additional American wines made the cut.
“There’s something special about Virginia wines, particularly when it comes to Viognier,” Blosser says. “With an outstanding collection of flavorful classics, Virginia wines are holding their own with the best in the international marketplace, and we’re thrilled to be selected with this latest recognition.”

Blosser also reports that  “Master of Wine and personal wine advisor to Queen Elizabeth II, Jancis Robinson, has taken note as well. In a Sept. 2011 Financial Times article, Robinson recommended Breaux Viognier as one of her top 12 picks (and the only Viognier on the list) from Virginia.