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Grape Juice -- Whites

What differentiates white from red grape juice? Following harvest, the grape juice and the grape skins are put into large holding tanks. The exact color of the juice depends on the color of the particular grape skin and the length of time the juice "marinates" with the skins. The more time, the darker color. Champagne, for instance, often comes from red Pinot Noir grapes. But because it spends so little time hanging out with the Pinot Noir skins, the final product is most often white!


Bacchus Grape JuiceBacchus Grape JuiceThe Bacchus white wine grape was birthed at Germany's Geilweilhof Institute for Grape Breeding in 1933. It adapts well to a broad range of climates and less favorible vineyard conditions. German plantations of the Bacchus grape peaked in 1990, with most plantings in Rheinhessen. It has also found its way to England, and on to Canada's British Columbia province. Some argue that Bacchus thrives better on Vancouver Island than it does in its homeland.

Catawba Grape JuiceCatawba Grape JuiceThe Catawba grape is a member of the vitis labrusca family, native to North America. Its siblings include Concord and Delaware grapes. They are found primarily in the northeastern United States and Canada. Catawba grapes are widely planted for their sweet, rich taste and are prized for juice, jams, and jellies. The fruit matures in large well-formed clusters that mature late in the season.

Cayuga Grape JuiceCayuga Grape JuiceThe Cayuga grape, Cornell University's first wine grape, was released in 1972. Specifically designed for the cold-climate conditions of New York State's Finger Lakes region, Cayuga is extensively grown there and in other frost-susceptible parts of North America. This hybrid – a cross between the Seyval Blanc and Schuyler cultivars -- is hardy, disease-resistant and produces quality fruit. It is known for its very large, high-yielding clusters.

Chancellor Grape JuiceChancellor Grape JuiceChancellor was once the most planted hybrid in its native France, producing quality red and rosé wines. Today it thrives in North American cold climates including the upper US and Canada, though it has also ventured south into Maryland, West Virginia, and Tennessee. Because its taste is fairly unassuming, it produces fruity red wines and blends well with other hybrids.

Chardonel Grape JuiceChardonel Grape JuiceThe Chardonel grape is a cross between Seyval Blanc and Chardonnay. Developed in 1953 through the cooperative efforts of New York's Cornell University and Michigan State University, Chardonel is distinguished by its superior juice quality, high productivity, and cold-climate hardiness. It is proving its value in the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest states.

Chardonnay Grape JuiceChardonnay Grape JuiceChardonnay grapes have been called the king of white grape varieties. This is an amazing versitile grape that grows well in a variety of locations throughout the world.

Chenin BlancChenin BlancChenin Blanc (known also as Pineau de la Loire among other names), is a white wine grape variety from the Loire valley of France. In the United States you will find it in the California wine country. It is the most widely planted variety in South Africa, where it is also known as Steen. Chenin Blanc is rarely found as a juice, thus making it a must-have for the non-alcoholic cellar.

Delaware Grape JuiceDelaware Grape JuiceThe Delaware grape was found in Ohio's Delaware County in the early 1800s. The clusters of this American grape are small; however, with proper care it may produce yields as high as its Concord cousin. The vines are vigorous and hardy which makes them ideal for cold winter climates like upstate New York. In the past Delaware was prized for champagne production in New York. Today it is used primarily for juice and wine. With its mild flavor it is said to have the best fruity notes when compared to Catawba, and Concord. Though the fruit is light pink in color, it is processed as a white grape.

Diamond or Moore's Diamond Grape JuiceDiamond or Moore's Diamond Grape JuiceThe Diamond grape (also known as Moore's Diamond) dates to 1885 when Jacob Moore of Brighton, NY crossed Concord with the Iona grape. Today it thrives in Pennsylvania and New York, though its acreage under vine is far less than its Concord parent. Diamond gained regional prominence in the 1940s as one of the few white American varieties used to product dry table wine. Today we are seeing renewed interest in the Diamond grape for production into gourmet juice and white wines.

Edelweiss Grape JuiceEdelweiss Grape JuiceEdelweiss was introduced by Elmer Swenson and the University of Minnesota when Mr. Swenson was on the staff at the U of M Horticultural Research Center. This very early ripening, white grape produces large clusters, and is primarily for juice, table, and jelly uses. When the fruit is harvested early, it can also make a sweet white wine with mild, fruity labrusca flavor.

Elvira Grape JuiceElvira Grape JuiceElvira is a white-fruited variety, having medium sized berries. It is vigorous and hardy, making it ideal for planting in northern climates. The fruit provies a crisp taste. This vine has good ornamental value with bold summer foliage, some fall color, showy fruit, and shaggy branching. Elvira grape plants can be quite attractive all year round since they drape elegantly over fences or through lattices. Elvira has Vitis labrusca and Vitis riparia parentage. It ripens at the same time as Concord.

Gewurztraminer Grape JuiceGewurztraminer Grape JuiceThe Gewurztraminer grape is one of the most distinctive of grapes with its crisp and spicy flavors of cloves and nutmeg. Though its origins probably reach back to Italy, it is most often associated with France's Alsace region. "Gewurrzt" is German for spicey. The vines bear small pink to bluish-brown berries. In addition to their French roots, they are also grown successfully in the United States, Germany, and New Zealand.

Malvasia Grape JuiceMalvasia Grape JuiceMalvasia is a group of white wine grape varieties grown in Italy, the Iberian Peninsula, the Canary Islands, California, and Australia. Of Greek origins, there is some controversy over exactly where the grape originated and who its ancestors were. Although it was produced in Greece, the name Malvasia is Italian. The grape's historical importance is evidenced by Venice's wine shops being called "Valvasie" during the time of the Venetian Republic. Today Malvasia is planted widely throughout the world. It performs best where it gets good exposure to the sun and where the soil drains well.

Muller-Thurgau Grape JuiceMuller-Thurgau Grape JuiceMuller-Thurgau is a variety of white grape which was created by Dr. Hermann Mullerller from the Swiss Canton of Thurgau in 1882. Its parents include Riesling and a second grape whose identity is still being debated. By the 1970s, Muller-Thurgau had become Germany's most-planted grape where it has long been common to blend it with Bacchus grapes. Today you'll find plantings of Muller-Thurgau in Europe, Australia, the United States, and even in Japan and China.

Muscat or Muscatel Grape JuiceMuscat or Muscatel Grape JuiceThe Muscat grape is a legacy of the ancient world. It is thought to have been one of the first varieties to be identified and cultivated. The grape is marked by strong spice and floral notes. Muscat vines seem to prefer damp, deep soils. Muscat is actually a family of grapes that has over 200 varieties, including Muscat Canelli (aka Muscat Blanc), Golden Muscat, Muscat Blancs à Petits Grains, Muscat of Alexandria (aka Moscatel Romano), Diamond Muscat, Muscat of Datal, Early Muscat, Black Muscat (aka Muscat Hamburg), Orange Muscat, and Golden Muscat.

Muscadine Grape JuiceMuscadine Grape JuiceThe Muscadine grape is a species of native North American vines first discovered by European explorers of the Southeastern United States. The earliest named variety was Scuppernong, discovered in 1554. Muscadines are well-adapted to the warm, humid conditions of the Southeast where other grape varieties do not prosper. Today "the grape of the South" has been cultivated into more than 24 distinct varieties grown in traditional vineyard style.

The May 5, 2011 "Dr. Oz Show" featured muscadine grape juice as one of the primary cancer fighting foods.

Niagara Grape JuiceNiagara Grape JuiceThe Niagara grape is a direct descendant of the Concord grape. Origins of the Niagara go back to 1868 when C.L. Hoag and B.W. Clark of Niagara County, NY., fertilized Concord grape seed with the white Cassady grape. Noted for their handsome appearance, Niagaras are also characterized by their pleasant aroma, which echoes the unique sweet-to-tart flavor of their juice. Niagara grapes were first sold commercially in 1882. (Courtesy of Welch's)

Pinot Blanc Grape JuicePinot Blanc Grape JuicePinot Blanc is one of the 15 most popular grapes grown in the state of Oregon. This white grape is said to be a close of Pinot Gris, which is itself a clone of Pinot Noir. Often Pinot Blanc has been linked to Chardonnay because the leaf structure, the clusters, and the berries are so similar. The aroma in Pinot Blanc is very light and the flavor very refreshing. You will find extnesive wine-producing vineyards in Italy, Germany, Austria, Eastern Europe, Uruguay, Argentina, and California.

Pinot Gris Grape JuicePinot Gris Grape JuicePinot Gris, French for gray pinecone, gets its name from the shape of its clusters and the color of its fruit. The Pinot Gris grape is of the species vitis vinifera and is considered to be a mutation of the Pinot Noir grape. The Pinot Gris vine appears similar to the Pinot Noir, but it produces a grape that is coppery gray instead of the dark violet of Pinot Noir. In fact, the only certain method of differentiating the vines is by the fruit that they produce. Pinot Gris is a white wine grape grown in cool climate regions all over the world including the Alsace region of France, Italy (where it is called Pinot Grigio), Germany, and Oregon. Pinot Gris is said to go well with all types of food including vegetarian dishes.

Riesling Grape JuiceRiesling Grape JuiceThe Riesling grape is considered by many to be one of the "noble" grapes. Is is planted widely in the northern growing regions of Europe but has also migrated as far as Australia and New Zealand. Small round berries are harvested in late summer. The fruit has been described as aromatic with the fruity flavors of peaches, honey, and tropical fruit.

Sauvignon BlancSauvignon BlancSauvignon blanc is a green-skinned grape variety that originates from the Bordeaux region of France. The grape most likely gets its name from the French words sauvage ("wild") and blanc ("white") due to its early origins as an indigenous grape in South West France. Sauvignon Blanc is planted in many of the world's wine regions, producing a crisp, dry, and refreshing white varietal wine. Along with Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc was one of the first fine wines to be bottled with a screwcap in commercial quantities, especially by New Zealand producers.

Sémillon Grape JuiceSémillon Grape JuiceThe Sémillon grape is most heavily planted in the Bordeaux region of France. It is one of three approved varieties for making great white wines such as Sauternes, Loupiac and Montbazillac. This golden grape variety ripens earlier in the season than most grapes, and is less likely to be bothered by rains or frost. While it is frequently blended with Sauvignon Blanc, it is also bottled as a single varietal wine. Outside France, you will find the Sémillon grape in Chile, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, the USA, and South Africa. Its bouquet is full flavored, rich, and aromatic.

Seyval Blanc Grape JuiceSeyval Blanc Grape JuiceSeyval Blanc is one of the white French-American hybrid grape varieties. Developed about 1920 by Seyve-Villard, it is fruity and flavorful on its own or suitable for blending with other grapes.

Thompson Seedless Grape JuiceThompson Seedless Grape JuiceThe Thompson Seedless grape, also known as Sultana, is California's most popular table grape and the source for 95% of the state's raisin production. But the grape's versatility does not stop there. It is also used for juice and wine. Named for William Thompson, an early grower of the variety near Yuba City, some suggest that the grape may have originated in Persia, known today as Iran.

Traminette Grape JuiceTraminette Grape JuiceTraminette is a cross of the French American hybrid Joannes Seyve and the German Gewürztraminer The intention was to produce a large clustered table grape with the flavor of Gewürztraminer. Traminette was found to have good productivity, partial resistance to several fungal diseases, and cold hardiness superior to its acclaimed parent, Gewürztraminer, while retaining a similar character. It is the fifth wine grape cultivar to be named by the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station. Traminette wine has been chosen by the Indiana Wine Grape Council as the signature wine of the state.

Trebbiano Grape JuiceTrebbiano Grape JuiceTrebbiano is the most common white grape varient in Italy, accounting for as much as one third of all Italy's white wine. In France the grape is known as Ugni Blanc and is the most widely planted white grape. In Bulgaria and Portugal the grape is called Thalia, and in Corsica as Rossola. Often this mild-flavored grape is used in blends.

Viognier Grape JuiceViognier Grape JuiceThe origin of the Viognier grape and the basis for its name are unknown though it is presumed to be an ancient grape. Viognier was once fairly common. However, by 1965 only about 30 acres of Viognier vines remained in France, and the variety was nearly extinct. Paralleling the growth of Viognier in the rest of the world, plantings in France have grown dramatically since then. The grape is now found in Central Italy, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Greece, Argentina, Chile, and Japan. Since the late 1980s, plantings of Viognier in the United States and Canada have increased dramatically. The highly aromatic and fruit forward nature of the grape allows Viognier to pair well with spicy foods such as Thai cuisine.