Wine Profile: Skipping Stone

Skipping Stone Wine ProfileFor many years our Skipping Stone white wine has been our most popular seller. Our customers tell us that they like its balance of sweetness and acidity. That’s also what makes it such a versatile wine. We think cheese pairs with it really well, as well as spicy foods.

Our favorite aspect of Skipping Stone is that it’s unique to Greenvale. We created this hybrid ourselves in the 1990s. Our winemaker, Richard, donned his chef’s hat and experimented with blends until he arrived at a balance of Cayuga White and Vidal Blanc grapes that our staff agreed was just right.

Why Cayuga Grapes? We started growing Cayuga grapes in 1982 at the request of Sakonnet Vineyards to whom we were selling our fruit at the time (now we use all the grapes we grow to produce our own wine). The Cayuga variety is popular among eastern American wineries because it produces quality fruit in frost-susceptible climates. Cayuga White was specifically developed for our northern climate at Cornell University in the 1960s; in fact, it can withstand temperatures down to -20 degrees Fahrenheit! A cross between the Seyval and Schuylar grape, Cayuga grapes have a mellow, fruity taste.

Why Vidal Blanc? Like Cayuga, Vidal’s winter hardiness makes it a popular choice for winemakers in the eastern part of the country. Vidal is highly productive and has adaptable characteristics which makes it a good choice for blends. It’s a French-American hybrid born of Ugni blanc (Tebbiano) and Seibel grapes developed in the 1930s by French breeder Jean Louis Vidal. Its grapes ripen slowly and steadily to produce clean, citrus flavored wines. Our Vidal seem very much at home here on the shores of the Sakonnet River.

Skipping Stone continues to be a tasting room favorite and the first choice for food pairings. (It can even be enjoyed as sorbet!). Out 2011 vintage is currently aging in stainless steel barrels and should be ready to enjoy by the end of this year but may not be ready until next Spring. We can’t wait to share it with you! Stay tuned for a release announcement.

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