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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  • The Nordic North is seeing palates across the country warming to wine. According to a report released by Euromonitor International earlier this year, Sweden saw a two percent increase in wine sales in 2013. Increasing sales of bag-in-box wines and a growing wine culture are two factors in the increase, the report said. The country's wine drinker... Read More

    From the article Sweden Sees Rise in Wine Sales


  • Must have been a friends over kind of weekend.  Had a chardonnay evening, consisting of wines from Chablis, Burgundy, Carneros, Sonoma and Russian River.  Very interesting all the different flavor profiles coming from the same grape.  My favorite was the Auteur (hints of coconut, banana and pineapple) followed by the Beaujolais Blanc and Chablis... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • Flying Fox Vineyard White Table Wine 2013

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    Lightly sweet, but lacks the acidity to balance out even that touch of residual sugar. Comes across as flabby. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Veritas White Star NV

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    A very basic white blend featuring some common East Coast hybrid grapes with prominent tropical tones. Young, fruity, simple. A crowd pleaser, nothing special. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • 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

    From the article The United States of Wine


  • 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?


  • I was wondering what sort of new topic I could start that would pair nicely with my previous posting 'Weekday Wines'; well here it is - Weekend Wines.  Sometimes I just have to stop and take a minute to pat myself on the back for my quick wit but alas, this isn't one of those times.  Anyway, why not talk about wines we enjoy on weekends?  These ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • 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


  • 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...

    Comment by 562676renaissancewinemaker 562676 renaissancewinemaker


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