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Verjus (a French word pronounced vair-ZHOO). Also known as "verjuice" or "ver jus." Red or white unripe (thus tart) grapes are pressed into juice and bottled without fermentation.

Verjus is often used as a mixer though some love it chilled, straight from the bottle.

Verjus as a cooking ingredient is actually an old tradition going back to the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Use white Verjus as you would use white wine vinegar or lemon juice. It is often mentioned with with chicken or fish recipes. Red Verjus can be substituted for red wine vinegar or used for marinating. It is particularly good in sauces for meat or spicy foods. (For simplicity purposes, we have identified our Verjus products by their pouring color -- not by typical red or white descriptions associated with various grape varietals.)

Many recipes also utilize Verjus in salad dressings.

2013 Mendocino Chardonnay Verjus, Navarro Vineyards
Oregon Sparkling Riesling Verjus, Draper Valley Vineyards
Napa VinJus
2013 Mendocino Chardonnay Verjus, Navarro Vineyards

California's Navarro Vineyards began producing VerJus in the late 1970s. It was a perfect product fit for vineyard co-owner Deborah Cahn, who holds a doctorate in medieval history. She was familiar with Middle Ages recipes using juice from unripe grapes. Navarro's Chardonnay Verjus is light and full bodied, with subtle apple overtones.

Verjus is tart -- not sweet!
navarroverjusRegular price: $16.95SPECIAL SAVINGS: $15.95
Oregon Sparkling Riesling Verjus, Draper Valley Vineyards

Oregon Riesling grapes form the basis for Draper Valley Vineyard's first Verjus. The unripe grapes from the harvest were combined with a small amount of carbonation to create a new option for gourmet chefs. Though the taste is crisp, some enjoy the juice as an alternative to lemonade. Due to its limited production, you will want to order Draper's Verjus sooner rather than later!

Verjus is tart -- not sweet!

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Napa VinJus

Napa VinJus is created from wine varietal grapes such as Chardonnay. It comes with half the calories and half the sugar content of traditional grape juice. This is the juice from unripe grapes, often classified as Verjus. Its unique balance of crisp, tart and sweet lingers with a hint of green apple, honeysuckle, wildflower and lavender. Use it in cooking or let it tingle your taste buds right from the chilled bottle.

Verjus is tart -- not sweet!
Fusion Verjus Blanc, Napa Valley
White Verjus, Wolffer Estate Vineyards
Vintage 2012 Verjus, Montinore  Estate
Fusion Verjus Blanc, Napa Valley

Jim Neal, a young chef in California's Napa Valley, entered the verjus business in partnership with Duckhorn Vineyards and the Charles Krug winery. Using a mixture of varietal grapes from the wineries, Mr. Neal's first product was Fusion white Verjus. Now you can join a number of celebrity chefs by incorporating Fusion into your menu!

Verjus is tart -- not sweet!
White Verjus, Wolffer Estate Vineyards

Perched on a rise overlooking the lush vineyards to the east and the gently rolling Hamptons landscape to the west, Wölffer Estate Winery is unquestionably one of the most beautiful and stylish spots on New York's Long Island. The vineyard's Verjus is made from a blend of 59% Merlot, 24% Chardonnay, and 17% Cabernet Franc hand picked grapes. The color has a shimmering light pink / copper hue. The nose is exuberant with gooseberries, mint and capsicum. The mouth-feel is fresh with a zesty and clean play between the tart acidity (hints of lime and green apples) and the fine touch of natural sugar.

Verjus is tart -- not sweet!
Vintage 2012 Verjus, Montinore Estate

In the rolling farm lands of Oregon's Tualatin Valley, Montinore Estate vineyard is home to 230 acres of grapes being tended using the strict methods of Biodynamic farming. This means that instead of applying chemical pesticides and herbicides, you might find the staff spraying chamomile or diluted milk, vines inter-planted with nitrogen rich cover crops, and grape skins, seeds and clippings returned to the soil as compost. Oregon Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris is used to produce Montinore Estate's Verjus.

Verjus is tart -- not sweet!
Baby Bacchus Verjus, Trium
Fusion Verjus Rouge, Napa Valley
Verjus du Perigord, Castelmuro, France
Baby Bacchus Verjus, Trium

Southern Oregon's Rogue Valley is home to Kurt and Laura Lotspeich's vineyard of pampered Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc grapes. After several years of producing a limited amount of Verjus for the family, they bottled their first commercial Verjus from Cabernet Sauvignon grapes harvested in the fall of 2010. Now you can see what the family was enjoying!

Verjus is tart -- not sweet!
Fusion Verjus Rouge, Napa Valley

After producing Fusion Verjus Blanc, Jim Neal, a young chef in California's Napa Valley, turned his attention to creating a red Verjus blended from from red and white grapes. From San Francisco to New York, many of America's great chefs now have red Fusion on their minds.

Verjus is tart -- not sweet!
Verjus du Perigord, Castelmuro, France

The Perigord region of France is actually four distinct regions identified by a color. Périgord Pourpre (Purple), one of four, is so named because of the grape juices produced by the local vineyards. It is also the major producer of France's Verjus. Castelmuro's golden Verjus has found its way from the kitchens of France to the chefs of America. Try a bottle and you will see why.

Verjus is tart -- not sweet!
Boulou Cabernet Verjus, Spain
Boulou Semillion Verjus, Spain
Maggie Beer Verjus, Australia
Boulou Cabernet Verjus, Spain

Spain is home to this Verjus made from a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc grapes. Its beautiful blush color and tart taste co-mingle in a fascinating sensory blend that will leave you wanting more.

Verjus is tart -- not sweet!
Boulou Semillion Verjus, Spain

Though the Semillon grape is common in wine production, its availability as a juice has been very limited. Thus we were delighted to discover that Boulou, a Spanish company, has introduced Verjus from this special grape.

Verjus is tart -- not sweet!
Maggie Beer Verjus, Australia

Do not confuse the brand name with a product that is made from unripe grapes! Beer and Verjus are not related. That said, Maggie is said to be the first in the world to produce Verjus commercially. Though the grape varietal changes from year-to-year, this Verjus is a blend of Chardonnay and Viognier. And if happen to travel down under, stop by the farm shop and enjoy a cooking demonstration using Maggie Beer Verjus!

Verjus is tart -- not sweet
Abacela 2011 Verjus, Abacela Vineyards
2012 Gewurztraminer Verjus, Navarro Vineyards
2011 Verjus de Cigare, Bonny Doon Vineyard
Abacela 2011 Verjus, Abacela Vineyards

Oregon's Umpqua Valley is surrounded by the Klamath Mountains, the Coastal Range, and the Cascades. Because the region's adjacent valleys look nothing alike locals sometimes refer to the region as the Undred Valleys of the Umpqua rather than as a single valley. Abacela lies near the southern end of the valley above Lookingglass Creek. In October 2011 Abacela released its Verjus, a blend of Grenache and Graciano varietals. With only 178 cases produced, the 2011 bottling will likely sell out quickly as did the previous year's juice.

Verjus is tart -- not sweet!
2012 Gewurztraminer Verjus, Navarro Vineyards

The 2012 grape harvest at California's Navarro Vineyards started with the Gewurztraminer crop and their new Verjus. Navarro has been producing VerJus since the late 1970s. Over the years they have delighted chefs with juice from various varietal grapes. If you haven't tried this year's product, don't hesitate. It will sell out!

Verjus is tart -- not sweet!
2011 Verjus de Cigare, Bonny Doon Vineyard

It is generally believed that to achieve any good or great thing, some substantive sacrifice is required. But such is not the case at Bonny Doon Vineyard in the seaside village of Santa Cruz. Green Grenache grapes are thinned from the ripening clusters that will become wine. But instead of being trodden underfoot, they are elevated to gourmet verjus -- a brilliant addition to the chef's toolbox. Verjus de Cigare occupies the middle ground--neither excruciatingly tart, nor overly sweet.

Verjus is tart -- not sweet.