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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  • 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

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  • Stinson Vineyards Sugar Hollow White 2012


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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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  • Sainte Genevieve Winery Vidal NV


    This wine is somewhat unapproachable, and may be enjoyed best with a meal (chicken, spicy food). It has a beautiful golden color and a very fruity nose with hints of honey, melon and pear that carried over into the palate. Unfortunate, the fruity flavors were overpowered with a lingering tart acidity and excess alcohol. Read More

    Wine review by MetteinCoMo

  • Rockgarden Cellars Voyage de Vert 2012


    The zesty aroma delivers a clear message -- this is truly inspired by Portugese Vinho Verdes. Thought the acidity fell a little flat, but overall the citrusy green apple notes and slight bite of effervescence make this a good inexpensive summer sipper. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith

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