Vodka From Grapes - it’s a little strange. But we couldn’t seem to find a “straight” vodka we truly liked; some were harsh; all of them lacked the depth of our flavored spirits. I knew we had to find a way to make straight vodka our way - distilling it right from whole, just-picked fruit - skin, stems, seeds, leaves and all. Enter the Viognier. We blend a Viognier eau de vie with spirit made from midwestern wheat to make a perfectly balanced, fruity, "straight" vodka. The viognier is not an easy grape. It has low and unpredictable yields and we can only pick it when it’s fully ripe - a window of a day or two. Sometimes I think we might be fixated on doing things the hard way. Probably it’s just the German way. When I taste the results I remember why.