Vidal blanc, a cross between Ugni blanc and Rayon d’Or, is a hardy, thick-skinned grape that thrives in even the coldest wine-growing regions (a surprisingly helpful quality in Virginia’s varied climate). Flavors of honeysuckle and pear complement candied fruit and citrus flavors in the wine, which can be made in a variety of styles, from dry, crisp wines to late-harvest and ice wines. Vidal blanc’s fruitiness is a wonderful match for scallops, crab, grilled salmon, and tuna, or pair with poultry or a sweet fruit platter.
Origin
France
Species
Interspecific hybrid