Success! After two years of losing the Vignoles crop to birds and drought we finally harvested and created an amazing wine. In 2013 we were determined. We used scare tactics; a cannon fired from dawn until dusk. We used protection; we netted the grapes just before they were sweet enough to entice the birds. With help from our ‘Grape Friends,’ our diligence paid off, when we rushed to harvest this special crop, just at the peak of ripeness! We proudly offered our premier commercial vintage of Edg-Clif Vignoles in 2014. For us, this was a triumph that we gladly shared with our wine club in the spring. We continue to cultivate our Vignoles grapes and in these bottles of wine, we hope you will enjoy the expression of fruit as it was lovingly attended and harvested at the perfect moment.
The juice that comes from carefully pressing the treasured fruit is liquid gold; it tastes like fresh pear nectar. Yum! The wine develops over many months to reveal itself as classic Vignoles; luscious floral aromas and fruity flavors of citrus, pear and apricot. It is slightly sweet with a balance of acid that keeps it crisp and refreshing. This wine will pair well with curried foods, fresh fruit, spicy barbeque and custard style desserts.
Vignoles, a white grape, has become one of the mainstays of the North American wine industry. This adaptable grape can produce wines that are comparable to wines produced in the Rhine Valley in Germany. Vignoles is similar to Riesling in many ways, both viticulturally and in the wines that it produces. This white wine grape was created in the 1930s in France, when breeders wanted to develop grape varieties that were more disease resistant than locally grown vinifera grapes, but which also produced superior wines. Vignoles is a cross of some type of Pinot Noir clone – a white Pinot Noir, Pinot de Corton, or Pinot Blanc.
Edg-Clif Winery created a fruity summer sangria recipe to make with our crisp white wine for you to try this August during Vignoles Month!