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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  • New York

    Though the first successful North American wine production is often credited to California, New...

  • USA

    "American Wine" has existed since the first Europeans brought their vinous heritage and tradition...

  • Ohio

    By 1860, the Catawba grape had risen to prominence in Ohio, and the state led the entire nation i...

  • Missouri

      Wine industry began in Missouri in the 1840s when an influx of German immigrants, inspired...

  • Niagara Peninsula

      The Niagara Peninsula, part of the Ontario province, is the most productive wine region in...

  • Canada

      Canada’s wine-making history is relatively short. Beginning in the early 1800s, some of th...

  • Finger Lakes

      The Finger Lakes wine region in upstate New York is centered around the Canandaigua (meani...

  • Virginia

      It’s a little known fact that wines have been produced in the state of Virginia for centur...

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    Manischewitz® is a name steeped in tradition, and our commitment to tradition is reflected in our...

  • Eagle Crest Vineyards

    Eagle Crest Vineyards was originally founded as O-Neh-Da Vineyard in 1872 by Bishop Bernard McQua...

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    Dr. Konstantin Frank ignited the “Vinifera Revolution” a movement that forever changed the cou...

  • Pleasant Valley Wine Company

    The Pleasant Valley Wine Company, popularly known as the Great Western Winery, located near the v...

  • Thirsty Owl Wine Company

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  • I began my wine journey mining for hidden gems in little known regions along ... ... and oaked, Pinot Grigio, Vidal Blanc, and Riesling. When Mother Nature cooperates and allows red wine grapes to fully mature, Marco produces bright, cool-climate wines such as Pinot Noir. Marco’s foray into winemaking began at an early age in a small village i... Read More

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  • Inniskillin Ice Wine Vidal Blanc 2012

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    A big silky mouthful of honey, apricot, and peach. Terrific with a tart peach tart.Could easily continue to sip on this throughout and beyond dessert Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Made a quick jaunt out to Bucks County wine country here on the east side of ... wasn't bad, nor was the Vidal Blanc. We liked the Cab Franc Rose ok, but a problem with that and many others was the non-vintage, and "American" designation, meaning we were left in the dark as to where the grapes came from. However we did get to taste a couple wi... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Stinson Vineyards Sugar Hollow White 2012

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    This lightly sweet French-American hybrid varietal may not be very sweet number-wise (less than 1% RS), but it lacks the balancing acidity that could make it a really good off-dry choice. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Vidal-Fleury Cotes du Rhone Viognier Blanc Rhone 2011

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    Very nice viognier from Cote du Rhone. Slight lemon on the nose and on the palate, a touch viscous on the tongue. There's some white peach and spruce along with medium acidity and a medium finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Cedar Creek Winery la Belle Vie 2012

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    Sweet tart. Fruity - tropical fruit and lemon or orange. Faint alcohol. Read More

    Wine review by ramanujan


  • Vidal-Fleury Cotes du Rhone Viognier Blanc Rhone 2011

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    Pretty average wine with some added points for the touch of French oak and some minerals in the nice finish. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Standing Stone Vineyards Vidal Ice Msc 2009

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    Very enjoyable Finger Lakes dessert wine. Ripe apricot and pear, a bit of creaminess, slightly sweet but not too much with nice balance. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Narmada Winery Mom 2010

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    Clearly some residual sugar leading to a very viscous body, almost unctuous, but the fab hybrid grapes keep away from the sickly floral aromas that make me give sweet wines a wide berth. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • EMARK and JTRYKA: I'm from Denmark, not a great wine country (!), but ... ... ... found here (Vignoles, Vidal Blanc, Chardonelle, Norton etc.), which is a direct consequence of the warm and humid climate here. The traditional grapes of Europe simply don't thrive here (which I think is why the dry reds here don't do as well as the sweet whites... Read More

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  • 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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