Oz Clarke has released the 2012 version of his well-regarded 250 Best Wines series and Breaux Vineyards' Viognier made the list!
I reached out to a very excited Jennifer Breaux who told me, "We are honored and elated to have been chosen as one of Oz Clarke's "Top 250 Wines in 2012". To be recognized by someone whose palate and opinions are held in such high regard is truly humbling. As our State's signature grape, we hope that this accolade helps bring recognition to Viognier as being synonymous with Virginia."
Obviously, this is a great honor, but it is also a rarity. To be blunt, Oz Clarke is not a fan of most American wine. In 2009 there were only 6 wines from the United States included on his 250 Best Wines list and in 2010 there were only 3 wines from the United States.
Given the dearth of wines from the United States on the list, the fact that a Virginia wine was included is a vey impressive accomplishment. Oz Clarke has a great deal of influence in the UK, and throughout Europe, so being included on this list will continue to raise the profile of Virginia wine.