Viogner and Syrah Masters Yves Cuilleron and Francois Villard.

Viogner and Syrah Masters Yves Cuilleron and Francois Villard, two thirds of Les Vins de Vienne Micronegociant.

I’ve always had a certain fondness for the viogniers and syrahs of the northern Rhône valley, but have been disheartened by the lack of availability of them in Canada, both in stores and on restaurant lists.

The other month I was extremely pleased to be invited to taste the wines of micronegociants Le Vins de Vienne at a special tasting in downtown Toronto. Winemakers Yves Cuilleron and Francois Villard had left their poor colleague Pierre Gaillard at home to mind the barrels as they toured North America, so we only had a chance to interview two thirds of the collective.

The wines were really very good, and bursting with as much personality and character as the two gentlemen themselves.

Look out for their excellent selection of wines throughout Ontario in 2015.


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Jamie DrummondEdinburgh-born/Toronto-based Sommelier, consultant, writer, judge, and educator Jamie Drummond is the Director of Programs/Editor of Good Food Revolution… And he thinks that Francois and Yves were a lovely couple of chaps, with some smashing wines to boot.