Wine Profile: Vidal Blanc

Vidal Blanc Greenvale VineyardsDescription: Medium dry white French/American hybrid
Flavor Profile: Fruit forward with a clean, crisp finish
Fermentation: Stainless steel

What do you get when you cross Ugni Blanc and Seibel grapes? (No, this isn’t a setup for a bad joke!) The result is the Vidal French hybrid grapes that make our Vidal Blanc wine – a Greenvale favorite. The Vidal Blanc is aromatic, flavorful and clean. It’s like the puggle – an adorable crossbreed dog of a Pug and a Beagle; or a trendy Prius, which runs efficiently on battery power AND gasoline. It combines the best of both worlds!

If you’re worried that the unpredictable New England weather might impact the Vidal grapes that create the wonderful wine you so adore, fear not! These robust white wine grapes are known for their hardiness and can stand up to a N’oreaster or two. They ripen mid-season and, if a late frost hits, can produce quality crops from their secondary buds. In addition to the Northeast, they grow in the chilly Finger Lakes region of New York, and in Canada.

Because of their incredibly tough outer skin, Vidal Blanc grapes are even used to make ice wine. The rich, super sweet dessert comes from the liquid of naturally frozen grapes on the vine. More proof that this seemingly delicate fruit isn’t afraid of Old Man Winter!

This acidic wine with citrus, apple and pineapple notes is aged in stainless steel to protect its fresh, fruity characteristics. It is refreshing when enjoyed alone, or accompanying rich cheeses such as brie, gorgonzola and gouda. Vidal Blanc and firry Cajun, Thai or Mexican dishes also make quite a handsome couple. Why not spice things up?

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