You can use white Verjus as you would use white wine vinegar or lemon juice. It is often mentioned with with chicken or fish recipes. Many recipes also utilize Verjus in salad dressings. A quick online search will give you lots of great recipes for this tart, non-alcoholic grape juice.
Pouring Note: 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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!