One of the Rhône Valley’s brightest stars is Viognier (said vee-yon-yay), an overachieving grape that has thrived in plantings around the world, notably California’s Paso Robles. Viognier novices can look forward to a rich-but-dry wine white with the spicy characteristics of a pinot gris, balanced with the fullness of body of a quality chardonnay. Citrus, peach and apricot aromatics sparkle over a rich, oily texture. The archetypal Viognier is all low-acidity dryness and full body. For great drinking style and value, look no further than Yalumba, South Australian legends of Viognoir. Closer to home, Kiwi winemakers have been praised for achieving Viognier greatness by striking a natural balance between freshness, oak and fruit. Do try a bottle from the Hawke’s Bay and/or Gisborne.