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Vidal Blanc

Vidal Blanc Wine Details
Price: $14.00 per bottle

Description: Our 2003 Vidal Blanc is a crisp white wine with grapefruit-like notes and a finish of granny smith apples. Vidal Blanc is a French American hybrid grape (the varietal was created from the parents ugni blanc and seibel)that many folks are discovering for the first time. Grown in Vouvray and used as a blender with Chenin Blanc in many Vouvray wines...this is a fabulous "country grape" or what we like to tell people...a "po white trash hybrid" to the snobby European Chardonnay! While it has been cultivated on the east coast for many years, Vidal Blanc grows best in the North Georgia Mountains with lush flavors. Many of our wine buddies have told us they can't believe the flavors of this wine from Three Sisters - as few can ripen it to perfection further north. Pair Vidal Blanc with a variety of cheeses or enjoy it with grilled halibut or even roasted turkey. Of course, we think it is really great with Momma's fried chicken!

Varietal Definition
Vidal Blanc:
A white French hybrid once widely planted in the south of France, it is more suitable for growing in warm and humid climates like the South. These vines are prolific, producing large golden berries, suitable for eating out of hand as table grapes. When vinified, Villard Blanc makes a fruity, mildly intense white wine (somewhat Sauvignon Blanc like) of fairly neutral and simple flavors. Primarily used for blending.
Ugni Blanc:
(aka Trebbiano). Widely grown in Italy and Southern France. There it produces a fruity, acidic white wine, best drunk when young and chilled. In the Cognac region of France it is known as the Saint-Emilion grape.
Chardonnay is by far the most widely planted grape crop in California and dominates California’s cooler, coastal, quality wine regions. The natural varietal ‘taste and smell’ of Chardonnay is surprisingly unfamiliar to many wine drinkers, as its true character is often guised with dominating winemaking signatures. Chardonnay’s rather subdued primary fruit characteristics lean toward the crisp fruitiness of apples, pears and lemon, but the variety’s full body is capable of supporting a host of complementary characteristics, such as oak, butter and vanilla. Regardless of what is the appropriate style for Chardonnay, the varietal continues to dominate vineyard plantings in every corner of the world. Close attention to clonal selection has made this broad geographic and climactic range of Chardonnay viable in thoughtful viticultural hands.
Chenin Blanc:
Classic white varietal of France's Loire Valley and now grown throughout the world. Known for its rather unusual 'wet-wool', 'damp straw' aromas, it tends to be more floral than fruity when young and gives high acidity, growing well in marginal climates. It ages well and its susceptibility to 'botrytis'* produces some of the great sweet wines of the Loire, for example Quarts de Chaume and Vouvray. It is grown widely in South Africa where it is known as 'Steen'.


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