Vidal Blanc

Vidal Blanc has proven to be amongst the versatile varietals in North American viticulture. In Canadian vineyards, this hybrid has excelled in the production of Ice Wine, from Nova Scotia to British Columbia. This has earned Vidal superior status among all other French-American hybrids. In Canada’s fledgling, quality wine-classification system, the Vintner’s Quality Alliance (VQA), it is the only hybrid entitled to the highest category of quality. This is the Designated Viticultural Area (DVA) status. However, this honor is reserved for its Ice Wine incarnation only. The grape is well suited to cold climates, due to its mid-season ripening and its ability to produce good crops from secondary buds, in the event of late spring frosts. This makes Vidal tough enough to withstand the cold of regions like the Finger Lakes of New York State, many Mid-Western states and the Niagara Peninsula. Vidal is one of the commercially-successful hybrid products of prolific French (Bordeaux) hybridizer Albert Seibel ( Read more »

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  • "Beginning of the week, trying to come back to earth from all that great ... this fairly tame offering of Vidal Blanc from Virginia."Now that's a dash of cold water after the riesling luxury of recent days. How many bottles did you bring/ship bac Read More

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  • Just to let you all know, Stephen Curry went to Charlotte Christian High School ... this fairly tame offering of Vidal Blanc from Virginia. Actually not a bad early week starter. Fairly simple with a bit of grassiness, some decent lemon peel/citrus notes and a fair amount of acidit Read More

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  • As it happens I have three bottles of Vidal icewine in my apartment's wine cooler right now (2008 Cristalli which is a red, 2011 Peller Estates Blanc, 2011 Wayne Gretzky Estates No. 99, none of which I've had before) and one Casas del Bosque Late Harvest riesling from Chile. The only sherry in the house is fino, though occasionally I'll buy olor... Read More

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  • Tried my first Ice wine. It was a bottle of 2007 Inniskillin (Vidal) produced and bottled in Niagra on the Lake Ontario Canada.This bottle was sent to be by a friend in the Midwest. It is certainly one of the sweetest wines  that I have ever tasted. "There's incredible depth of both flavor and texture in this golden icewine from Inniskillin. Ini... Read More

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  • Wine Pleasures has published the results for its annual wine competition 50 Great Cavas.Adernats XC (2008) and Codorníu Reina Mª Cristina Blanc de Noirs (2012) win Gold and receive scores of 98 points8 producers (Agustí Torelló Mata, Cava Bertha, Gramona, Juvé & Camps, Mas Codina, Pago de Tharys, Sumarroca& Vallformosa) win gold scoring 97 point... Read More

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  • J. Vidal-Fleury Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2012

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    A light viognier that is citrusy wih a touch of green apple. The finish is long and oaky. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Grace Estate Winery le Gras Cuve 2012

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    Lightly sweet, orangey and honeyed blend. 90% Vidal Blanc, 10% Petit Manseng. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • As a UK journalist, and Master of Wine, I discuss, criticise and recommend not the fine wine, the great vintages, the en primeurs, but the everyday, the bargain, the high volume.  I taste thousands of wines each year of low, mediocre and good quality, and, within perhaps 80 or 90 tasted at one supermarket or off licence tasting, will find perhap... Read More

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  • Hi Just found this fantastic site, I am the owner and winemaker at Blaxsta wine ... produce icewine from our own Vidal blanc grapes. For some , if not, most, wine lovers,it may sound too much to beleive that it would be possible to grow grapes in Sweden, but the trouth is, we have 25% more daylight hours during growing season than Bordeaux. In ... Read More

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  • Cedar Creek Winery Settlement Gold NV

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    Sweet, but balanced with fruity tartness. Tropical and citrus fruit. Pineapple, lemon. Read More

    Wine review by ramanujan


  • Vidal Blanc is best known for its late harvest ice wine, but I think the best expression of the grape is as an off-dry table wine that is very food friendly. With its firm acidity, done with a bit of sur lie aging and finished with just a touch of residual sugar, the grapefruit and lemon flavors along with some really nice apple notes make a re...

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