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Smith-Berry Vidal Blanc

Smith-Berry Vidal Blanc Wine Details

Description: This French American hybrid is akin to a pleasant German Kabinett level Riesling. Pale gold in color, almost clear. The aroma is filled with pears & vanilla. Poached pear on the palate, complimented by a hint of apple & subtle touch of spice on the finish, which is quite clean. Pleasant off dry wine with high enough acidity to keep it lively and balanced. Would pair nicely with medium sweet desserts, such as rice pudding, zabaglione or cheesecake. Alternately, serve with blue cheeses for a surprisingly good food & wine match.

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.
On the sweeter end of the spectrum, some of the best dessert wines should give thanks to the Riesling varietal. Riesling is known for its complementary nature of combining balanced acidity with sugar. Rieslings are made dry to sweet, but it is the sweet style Riesling that brought about its popularity in the United States. With the rise of spicy sauces, marinades and dips to flavor our meal, Riesling plays a part in taking off the edge of the heat. Riesling is known for a number of signature characteristics: floral, citrus and pear. Riesling has peaked in California with 11,000 acres planted. Today, Monterey County’s cool-climate areas and its long growing season produce good amounts of character for the Riesling grape. Outside of


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